Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder in limbo, purse bids held up further

Deontay Wilder

Naoki Fukuda

WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne is still no closer to learning when he will make the first defence of his title belt after the deadline for his madatory clash with Deontay Wilder came and went on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old has been stipulated to begin negotiations with the knockout specialist for some time now. However, manager Camille Estephan was in the dark when asked for the latest news on Friday night.

“The purse bid for Bermane’s fight with Deontay Wilder was postponed, and there is no bid scheduled,” Estephan confirmed to World Boxing News.

Both sides have been openly stating that they are keen to seal an agreement for the high-profile contest, which will see Canadian Stiverne attempt to end one of the most impressive records in the sport today.


Deontay Wilder, 28, has won all 32 of his bouts and stopped every foe within four rounds. However, some questions are against the caliber of opposition the American has faced, and fans are eager to see the ‘Bronze Bomber’ face a top fighter.

The heavyweight division has been given a breath of fresh air since Stiverne overcame Chris Arreola to add a third top division champion to the mix.

The sooner the pair put pen to paper, the better it will be for all concerned.

Mauricio Sulaiman has consistently told WBN that he expects a deal to be done soon regarding the encounter.

The WBC President may well be forced to intervene on the back of these latest events.

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