Last weekend, it was Anthony Joshua defending his Heavyweight title - this week, his American counterpart sees action when Deontay Wilder (38-0; 37 KO) rematches Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1; 21 KO). The fight is for the WBC title Wilder won from Stiverne in 2015. Wilder vs. Stiverne II takes place this Saturday, November 4 live on Showtime with a fight time of 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Wilder: 32 years old | 6’7” | 83" reach | orthodox stance
Stiverne: 39 years old | 6’2" | 77" reach | orthodox stance
What have these two done recently?
Wilder: W - Gerald Washington (TKO) | W - Chris Arreola (RTD) | W - Artur Szpilka (KO)
Stiverne: W - Derric Rosey (UD) | L - Deontay Wilder (UD) | W - Chris Arreola (TKO)
How did these two get here?
Deontay Wilder has been the Heavyweight champ since 2015, but it’s been a mostly uninspiring run against ho-hum opponents. Wilder has been criticized in the past for taking on what has seemed to be a light schedule, but it’s hardly fair to be critical this run, as he’s had two major fights against top 5 opponents (Alexander Povetkin and Luis Ortiz) cancelled due to the opponent’s drug test failure. This was supposed to be that Ortiz fight, but, well, here we are instead. As a result, Wilder has been pushed a bit in this run, but has mostly dominated opponents that he should dominate.
Bermane Stiverne became an unlikely world champion when he defeated Chris Arreola. That fight was way back in May 2014. In the 3+ years since, Stiverne is just 1-1. He lost the belt in his first title defense when he took on Wilder, sat out 10 months, then had an easy rebound win. He’s been inactive for two years now. At his best, Stiverne is a perfectly acceptable fighter. Nothing stands out particularly good or bad - he’s just there. Perhaps worth noting though that he remains that lone non-KO win on Wilder’s record.
What can fans expect?
Wilder has had a pretty clear pattern as of late - start slow, look a bit creaky in the early rounds, then start landing, throw some wild (and I do mean wild) haymakers, and lights out. That seems the most likely path here. He couldn’t put Stiverne away in that first meeting, but Stiverne has been stopped earlier in his career, and now that he’s past his 39th birthday, I don’t like his chin’s chances over another 12 rounds with Wilder.
Prediction: Deontay Wilder, KO round 7
Who should watch?
Well, if you’re not watching the UFC but you want some combat sports, Wilder’s fights tend to be entertaining events as you wait for the KO to materialize.