BERMANE STIVERNE DRILLS CHRIS ARREOLA FOR WBC TITLE

May 10th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

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Bermane Stiverne-Mauricio Sulaiman-Don King

Bermane Stiverne-Mauricio Sulaiman-Don King


Los Angeles, CA- Boxing history has shown us time and again that the winner of the first fight usually wins the rematch. Just over one year ago, Bermane Stiverne handily beat Chris Arreola with q UD 12. Tonight, the second pairing between the two had a little drama before what turned out to be a spectacular ending. Arreola started out assertively and tried to impose his will early and did so until he got cracked and hurt with a right hand just as the opening round ended.

TRIMMER WASN’T ENOUGH FIR MEXICAN-AMERICAN

Arreola came out and outworked Stiverne in rounds two, three, four and five. Operating behind a left jab, occasional hook and right hand, the fight was 4-1 Arreola entering round six. Looking a little “gassed” at the end of the fifth, Arreolla was winning. But his lack of head movement, keeping it in the
“zone” (the middle) as the now 24-1 Haitian could punch and hit Chris with his eyes closed, wasn’t beneficial.

ROUND SIX WAS ALL SHE WROTE!

That was what happened as Bermane (Ber-man) caught Arreola with a right hand as the Mexican-American was trying to force the fight and that was a “wrap” per se. Referee Jack Reiss allowed Arreola to continue, but he get dropped by “punches in bunches” again. Looking deep into Arreola’s eyes, referee Reiss let the fight go but when he realized Arreola was a “dead man walking,” stopped the fight. It wasn’t the prettiest stop ever made, but it was a correct move by the Southern California official.

DON KING IS BACK!

As I noted before, boxing is not the same sans promoter Don King. A checkered past cast aside, DK brings excitement and a personality to promoting boxing that nobody else can. The “wire haired” wonder has Stiverne under contract, thus King is now back in the heavyweight championship mix seeing Stiverne (24-1-1, 22 KOs) picked up the vacant WBC heavyweight title with the win.

EITHER LIKE HIM OR HATE KING DON

Look, being on the opposite side of things with King in negotiations has worn some of boxing’s best business men out. There have been times when King would just not give up and talks that would start the day before going on until the wee hours of the morning. Didn’t matter, even now at 81, King has more endurance than those half his age.

ARREOLA HAS REACHED HIS ZENITH

Time to get real and realize that Stiverne is a good fighter that can punch well with both hands. That being said, recognized World champ Wladimir Klitschko hasn’t had a “live” foe to fight in years. Well, he does now. Both fighters scaled 239 lbs. as Arreola drops to 36-4, 31 KOs. While the Haitian has a future, a rededicated Arreola who ruined Seth Mitchell in a September 2013 fight, has nothing to be ashamed of as he was simply beaten by the better man.

KLITSCHKO VS STIVERNE IS THE FIGHT TO MAKE!

Wladimir has been in some not so thrilling matches of late against inferior opposition. That being said, Kltschko promoter Tom Loeffler knows where the big fight for Wladimir is with the Haitian Stiverne.

Pedro Fernandez

COMMENTS

  1. ΚΙΝG IS BACK..WITH A BANG!!

    LAKIS on May 10th, 2014 at 7:47 PM
  2. Klitschko says he wants all 4 titles, but if Stiverne fights him, will the WBC strip him of the title? Or will some unification-trumps-mandatory rule allow the fight? Could be a double payday for Klitschko–first Stiverne, then a unification vs. WBC mandatory. Unless, of course, Stiverne finds K’s protected glass jaw, and everything is thrown open, including a tumbling series of stripped titles. . .

    Lucas McCain on May 11th, 2014 at 6:55 AM
  3. Pedro, you stated that Arreola was ahead 4 rounds to 1 after 5 rounds. It looks like Jerry Roth had him behind 48-47 and the other two judges had Arreola ahead 48-47.

    Mickey on May 11th, 2014 at 9:02 AM
  4. Stiverne looks like a counterpuncher to me. Wlad has a longer reach, a power left jab and follow up left hook. He also has great lateral movement. I see this as a very easy defense for the defensively minded power puncher Wlad Klitschko.

    Gerald Gish on May 11th, 2014 at 9:58 AM
  5. Klitschko would probably shut down Stiverne, but I still think Stiverne is a live underdog. He’s studious, disciplined, and explosive, and though figuring out Arreola is a lot easier than figuring out Waldimir, one solid connect might do wonders. Klitschko is no Larry Holmes. When Holmes went down vs. Snipes and Shavers, he came back ready to extract revenge. Klitschko seems to come apart, like a puppet with his strings cut when he gets caught. It will be worth watching.

    Lucas McCain on May 11th, 2014 at 11:34 AM
  6. The best two contenders are Wilder and Jennings. Stiverne looked very ordinary and would lose to Klitschko, Wilder, and Jennings. He beat a less skilled opponent and it wasa dog fight where he took tremendous punishment. Heavyweight boxing is back and there will be some exciting matches in the next several years. I predict Wilder will emerge as the best of the field, but it will be entertaining.

    Mike on May 12th, 2014 at 7:37 AM
  7. Hope you’re right. Deontay seems like a good interview, too, and with his great record he could be America’s “heavweight of the future” HBO thought Michael Grant would be.

    Lucas McCain on May 12th, 2014 at 3:27 PM
  8. Jennings has no future.. 30 years old and doesn’t even have 20 fights.. Maybe Wilder with that freakish power.. Maybe.. I didn’t like the way he looked in sparring with David Haye.. Haye was lighting him up with ease and Wilder looked hurt and stiff. But boy can he hit. I’d give Stiverne a chance against anyone. He appears to be tough, carries himself like a confident KO artist, and appears to carry power into the later rounds.

    NiceHands on May 13th, 2014 at 10:47 AM

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