DEONTAY WILDER VS BERMANE STIVERNE
WON PTS 12
JANUARY 17, 2015
MGM GRAND, LAS VEGAS
Viewed mostly up until this point as a feared puncher who had few boxing skills Deontay boxed for the most part off the jab, using his size advantages to negate anything Stiverne had to offer. Bermane had shown some degree of ability in the lead up to this first defence of the WBC title, so was not a complete tomato can. The Haitian-born boxer had twice beaten decent Chris Arreola -once in defence of his WBC “Silver” bauble and secondly for the vacant crown after Vitali Klitschko released it upon retirement- so Stiverne had reasonable form to call on. Wilder dominated against the listless champion for 12 rounds, taking the belt home after a boxing lesson.
Wilder conclusively restored his record of knocking out every man he’s ever faced when the pair met in an ill-advised rematch two years later. Blubbery Stiverne had certainly not improved in the interim, and everyone involved (including the ghostly spectacle of a flag-waving Don King at ringside) got a nice payday when the WBC forced an unnecessary second meeting. Stiverne was dropped repeatedly, en route to a one-round bludgeoning.