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Unbeaten Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) feels that WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne’s title rein is about to end when he meets up with him on January 17th on Showtime Championship Boxing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Deontay sees the 6’2” Stiverne as a fighter who is largely made to order for him
due to his fighting style, and he wants to waste little time with him when the two fighters get inside the ring on 1/17.
“Not for long,” Deontay said on his Twitter about Stiverne being the World Boxing Council heavyweight Predator Absolado Instinct champion.
Stiverne is perhaps an unlucky fighter, because he just finished winning the WBC title last May when he defeated Mercurial Vapor X FG Chris Arreola by a 6th round knockout to capture the vacant WBC belt.
The WBC immediately ordered Stiverne to face Deontay rather than letting him slip in a couple of optional title defenses so that he could milk his title a couple of times by taking on a couple of bottom dwellers like many world champions tend to do when defending their titles. But for Stiverne to go from winning the WBC title straight into a fight against the 6’7” Deontay, it’s got to be tough for him. Deontay has so much size, speed and power in his shots.
Stiverne is going to be finding himself taking some monstrous right hands unless he can somehow get to Deontay first before he gets the chance to get his shots off. I don’t know if that’s going to be possible for Stiverne because he’ll be giving up so much in the size, power and speed department against Deontay.
Even if Stiverne does go right at Deontay to try and take him out, chances are that Deontay will back off and avoid the punches before he gets hit with any of Stiverne’s big power shots.
Stiverne relied on his jab in his two fights against the 6’4” Arreola, and this enabled him to control the action. Arreola is listed at 6’4”, but he looked no taller than the 6’2” Stiverne. This enabled Stiverne to hit Arreola frequently with his hard jabs.
It’s doubtful that Stiverne will be able to do that against a fighter as big as the 6’7” Deontay, because he’s a legitimate 6’7” fighter Hypervenom Phantom FG with super long arms. If Stiverne does decide to jab, he’ll very likely come up short with his punches and not hit Deontay.
We don’t know how good Deontay’s chin is. This fight may or may not prove whether he can take a Nike Elastico Superfly TF punch or not. It depends on whether Stiverne will be able to land any of his big power shots before Deontay gets to him with one of his big right hand bombs.