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Stiverne: Vitali was selfish holding the title, I’ll bring excitement back!

Phil Jay 20/12/2013

WBC mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne is raring to go upon learning from the World Boxing Council that his world title fight is all systems go for, potentially for the spring of 2014.

The 36 year-old has been patiently awaiting his chance to fight Vitali Klitschko after victories in two separate eliminators and can finally begin talks on his title chance after the Ukrainian vacated the belt to focus on his political career.

“I don’t really have a view on Vitali retiring, I just think it was a bit selfish of him holding the belt this long for something that wasn’t related to boxing,” Stiverne told World Boxing News.

“I was angry at first, but I’m not anymore as there is a lot of fresh and young meat out there. I can use those guys to bring heavyweight excitement back.”

Stiverne has recently learned that number two-ranked Chris Arreola will be his opponent for the vacant strap, somebody he defeated convincingly when the pair met in April.

‘B-Ware’ wasn’t too worried about who he was pitted against by the WBC and would have equally been ready for either unbeaten contenders Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury if they had been selected.

“I was promised this fight by the WBC so no one can take this away from me this time,” said Stiverne.

“It doesn’t matter to me whether it was Arreola, Wilder or Fury as all of them are nothing I can’t handle.

“It would have given me the chance to show the world who they really are if I fought any of them, but I am fighting the toughest of the three and I already beat him.

“All Wilder and Fury have to do now is take a number and stay in line as me and Arreola will do it again in the spring of 2014, God willing.”

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