Training alongside pound for pound best Floyd Mayweather Jr. has inspired heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne as the Canadian gears up for his WBC title rematch with Chris Arreola on May 10.
The 35 year-old fights Arreola for a second time after defeating him previously a year ago, only this time Stiverne has the added incentive of claiming the coveted green belt vacated by Vitali Klitschko following his retirement earlier this year.
Stiverne now goes into the fight of his life fully prepared thanks to his time spent at Mayweather’s Gym in Las Vegas and ‘B-Ware’ took time out to give the ‘Money’ man special praise on a recent conference call for his upcoming clash.
“I am one of the original members, the first member of the gym, and I pretty much changed my way of training in my career when I moved to – when I went to that gym and saw Floyd training” said Stiverne.
“There’s something that you got to see with your own eyes from a man that has everything that he wants in the world, and basically he trains like he’s still poor, like he’s still hungry.
“I’m very grateful to be around him, to be able to see him training. To me it’s just a plus to be around these type of individuals and to see – to be able to see one of the best, or the best, fighter in my era.”
Mayweather, 37, is now just one week away from his latest pay-per-view event as the WBC welterweight title holder battles hardened Argentine Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas next Saturday.
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