Wilder vs. Stiverne 2: Weights, odds, stakes and moreWritten by Joseph Herron
Friday, November 3, at the site of the big heavyweight showdown between current WBC title holder Deontay Wilder and mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne, both main event fighters participated in the customary pre-fight weigh-in for the New York State Athletic Commission and the various media outlets in attendance.
Despite making the claim that he's the "hungrier" of the two combatants, the 6'2" Haitian born fighter scaled in at a relatively stout 254.75 pounds, while the reigning 6'7" champion weighed in at a comfortable 220.75 pounds. So while giving away five inches in height leading into tomorrow night's featured contest, Stiverne outweighed the champ by a whopping 34 pounds.
Not a very positive sign if fans are hoping to see Bermane effectively cut off the ring and close the distance against the athletically gifted, 32 year old champion.
"The Bronze Bomber" from Alabama is so confident he'll stop tomorrow night's title challenger, that he unexpectedly "upped the ante" for the already high-stakes bout.
"If he beats me, I'm retiring," Deontay Wilder stated during the heated weigh-in ceremony on Friday, November 3, c/o FightHype online. "I'm a man of my word, and I promise you if he beats me tomorrow night, I'm retiring."
"This ain't no act...this is real life for me. My words are powerful and I mean everything I say. Tomorrow night will be a show and tell in the ring...I'll show everyone that I mean what I say and end his career...not mine."
Although most Race and Sports Books currently list the incumbent title holder as a strong 17 to 1 betting favorite, the hard punching 10 to 1 underdog seems to genuinely believe he will not only pull off what would be largely considered a monumental upset, but ultimately stop Deontay within the distance and force him into an early retirement.
"You know Deontay is a camera boy," stated the former WBC champ to Showtime's Steve Farhood after a heated verbal exchange and face-off with Wilder. "When there's lights, camera action, he likes to talk. He likes to put a show on."
"Tomorrow...I'm going to knock his ass out! I promise you that. I'm going to be the two-time Heavyweight champ of the world. He's saying that I'm scared of him...boy, are you crazy?! Are you crazy?!!"
Stiverne immediately turned and faced the current title holder and began addressing him directly while speaking with Showtime Sports.
Wilder vs Stiverne 2 (stories)
November 4, 2017
9PM ET Eastern Time / 6PM PT
Barclays Center, NYC
Wilder vs Stiverne I: Highlights, stats
"I'm not scared of you! That's why I'm here, because I'm not scared of you! I'm gonna make you dance tomorrow night. I'm going to crack your ribs....I'm going to crack your jaw. I'm gonna send you home packing and I'm gonna retire you!"
So it would seem that tomorrow night's main event is not only a contest for the coveted WBC Heavyweight championship, but also a retirement match for both men.
May the best puncher win!
Fight fans can catch the live show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, while those not in NYC can check out all of the action from their homes on Showtime Sports with a start time of 9PM ET.