Stiverne vs Wilder: The Big Boys are Back
Nothing quite got the competitive fires burning like gathering around the TV on a Saturday night in the late 1980's and early 90's to watch such names as Tyson, Holyfield, Bowe, Foreman and others.
However in recent years, the landscape of the heavyweight division has drastically changed in terms of a "who's who" and has actually gone to a "just two" variety.
While the world waits around to see if the sport's top two attractions will actually face off before the true dawn of Aquarius, the weight class which boasts an unlimited poundage limit and its associated aura may at last return to American shores in the form of a matchup tonight in Las Vegas between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder.
The inescapable link between the heavyweight championship and the Klitschko brothers (though now narrowed to just one, Wladmir) has caused many a casual fight fan to look away from the bouts between the big guys and look much, much lower down the scales.
It all but remains to be seen if WBC Heavyweight titleholder Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO's) of Las Vegas by way of Haiti has what it takes to stand up to the firepower and brute strength of knockout aficionado Wilder (32-0, 32 KO's) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
This bout is big, ladies and gentlemen. It's important and its significance simply cannot be overstated.
Regardless of the input offered to us yesterday by the official representative of the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" after the less than jam packed weigh in, the need for not only a big time heavyweight clash but a memorable one as well is at an all time high in the United States. The backgrounds of the two competitors are beyond unique. Wilder has been forced to show the sheerest of guts beyond anything the ring will ever beckon. His daughter suffers from Spina Bifida.
"We actually inspire each other. I promised her when she was one year old that I'd become the heavyweight champion and I can make that promise a reality now."
"She's been through so much in her nine years of living. She knows what's going on and I know that she's my number one fan."
All of the surgeries she's gone through have shown me that I can go through anything. So, this is a promise that has to be fulfilled", said Deontay on a media conference call last month.
Likewise, Bermane's homeland of Haiti is slowly rebuilding after a devastating earthquake a few years ago as well as the dark shadow of corrupt politicians such as "Papa Doc" Duvalier.
The fact that the Grand Garden Arena won't be sold out to the rafters is meaningless.
Quite often, the attendance which boasts such a turnout is full of bloated corporate stiffs who've no business being there. We don't need a packed house for a great fight, so tell those who are only interested in the "big bouts" that they're about to miss one of the throwback variety. Who can argue?
If Don King is part of the buildup and the night itself, then how can it not be a fun time?