Stiverne heads to WBC Convention, optimistic on Vitali chances
WBC mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne is making his maiden trip to the WBC Convention this weekend as the Canadian patiently awaits his well-earned shot a heavyweight title holder Vitali Klitschko.
Stiverne, 34, has won not one, but two eliminators with the WBC in the past two years, although remains a frustrated figure due to the lack of activity by the elder Klitschko brother, who has been out of the ring for more than a year.
‘B-Ware’ is now travelling to Thailand to meet up with officials of the WBC in a bid to cement himself as the next in line as rumours swirl of a possible retirement fight between ‘Dr. Ironfist’ and long-time rival David Haye.
“It’s my first time going to the Convention and I am just looking forward to being a part of the event and discussing what is going to happen in the near future (with Klitschko).”
“My job is to stay ready for when the chance comes. I have the best manager (Camille Estephan, Eye Of The Tiger Management), who will take care of the matter.”
On the rumours of Klitschko eyeing a different opponent, Stiverne added: “He is allowed to ask but the decision is up to the WBC, which I believe they will make the right call.”
Ukrainian Klitschko has been focusing on his successful political career outside of boxing after suffering injuries since his last defence against Manuel Charr in September 2012 and recently announced that he will run for the Presidency of his home country in 2015.
That should give Stiverne ample opportunity to secure his world title fight, although the 23-1-1 puncher was less than impressed when asked for his thoughts on Klitschko’s bid to lead his nation.
“I am not interested in what he does outside of boxing,” indicated Stiverne. “Klitschko just needs to have his people call my people and let’s get it on.”
Chris Arreola was impressively dispatched in April to secure Stiverne’s shot at the title, which should now be forthcoming once Klitschko announces his return.
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