New WBC heavyweight champion Berman Stiverne can cause problems for pre-fight favourite Deontay Wilder as the two punchers head towards a mandatory clash later in the year.
That’s the view of top division coach Peter Fury, who says Haitian-born Stiverne has proven his worth as a world title holder with his demolition job on Chris Arreola in their rematch last weekend.
“I thought Arreola came in lighter than he usually does and put up a good 50/50 fight until he got caught,” Fury told World Boxing News.
“But I feel he took the harder shots first time round and that proved to be the case once again. I don’t know much about his training, but from the outside it looks like he probably lost his weight the wrong way.
“It wouldn’t have mattered anyway as Stiverne was always a winner in my view. Styles makes fights and Arreola was a perfect opponent for Stiverne to make him look like the champion he now is.
“I think on form he would be Wladimir Klitschko’s best challenge to date as Stiverne is a good fighter and if he does fight Wilder he is going to be a very dangerous fight for him.”
In his own stable, Peter boasts two current world title contenders in Tyson Fury and Eddie Chambers, with both looking to be challenging for honours against the likes of Stiverne in the near future.
Fury is hoping to position the highly-ranked Tyson for a shot at a recognised belt with victory over Dereck Chisora on July 26, whilst Chambers has been staying busy as he steadily moves up in class for a big fight on the undercard.
“I think a fight between Tyson and Stiverne would be a top fight and hopefully it can happen if Stiverne comes through Wilder. There seems to be queue forming behind Stiverne, but Tyson should be one of those who have a chance.
“For Eddie, we are sitting down with our counterparts to discuss his next move, but he will get a good opponent for July 26th on the Tyson undercard, it’s just a matter of finding the right fight,” added Peter.
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