Wilder vs Stiverne rematch preview: Another Foreman vs Moorer?
Saturday, November 4, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, undefeated WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) will defend his title and unblemished record against the only man to take him a full twelve rounds, former WBC titlist Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) in the main event of a Showtime Triple-Header, slated to air at 9PM ET.
Although most pundits and observers believe both men are headed in opposite directions in their respective careers since their first meeting in January of 2015, fans should be reminded that anything can and often does happen within "the theater of the unexpected" that is boxing's Heavyweight division.
In the immortal words of the late, great Emanuel Steward, "It only takes one clean shot to change everything in a heavyweight fight."
Just ask former champ Michael Moorer how true that statement is when analyzing title fights within the sport's glamour division.
Before taking on the newly crowned lineal champ in November of 1994, Big George Foreman was coming off of a loss to the late Tommy Morrison and was completely inactive for over an entire year. Subsequently, no one in the media realistically gave the former Olympic gold medalist a chance to defeat the young and talented southpaw, Michael Moorer.
The 26 year old Ring, IBF and WBA champion was 35-0 leading into the "November to remember" superfight, and was a strong betting favorite after scoring a majority decision over a prime Evander Holyfield just six months prior.
But upon getting thoroughly beaten for nine grueling rounds of their perceived mismatch, a 45 year old Foreman pulled off the monumental upset by landing a perfectly timed straight right hand that knocked out the reigning champ in the tenth round to become the oldest lineal champion in the history of the division.
At 39 years of age, can tonight's title challenger create another "November to Remember" and find the chin of the incumbent champion to pull off the improbable victory?
According to the betting lines listed on most Race and Sports Books, fight fans and interested bettors don't seem to think so.
The current champion, Deontay Wilder, is currently cited as an overwhelming (-1700) or 17 to 1 betting favorite, while his "fluffy" looking, 254 pound challenger, Bermane Stiverne, is slated as (+1000) or a 10 to 1 betting underdog.
The disparity in betting figures is a direct reflection of the huge activity, age, height, reach and athletic advantage for the reigning WBC champion.
In the minds of most, Bermane has a mere "puncher's chance" to overturn Wilder's applecart this evening. But with fast hands, exceptional mental and physical endurance, as well as a great overhand right, perhaps one punch is all Stiverne needs.
Live coverage begins at 9PM ET on Showtime Sports.