WBC heavyweight champion Bermane ‘B-Ware’ Stiverne has put pen to paper on his portion of the deal to face undefeated number one contender Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder in his first defence.
The stipulated bout has been delayed on more than one occasion due to an injury to the world title holder and further purse bid postponements, but Stiverne’s manager Camille Estephan has confirmed that his fighter is fully on board.
“Yes, we indeed have signed the contract to fight Deontay Wilder, nonetheless we still don’t have a date yet,” Estephan exclusively told World Boxing News on Wednesday.
“We are waiting for the signatures from Wilder’s camp before a date can be finalized, but Bermane is signed and ready for this fight.
Stiverne and Wilder have so far been engaged in back and forth exchanges regarding their respective bids to have the contest finalized, although nothing can become official until the challenger has followed suit and inked his side of the bargain.
Many fans have vented their continued frustration at the boxers and the World Boxing Council for not being more transparent with the details of negotiations – as talks for one of the most exciting top division bouts in recent times drag on.
Now that the champion has made it public that his team are ready to go, there should be no forseeable problems in sitting down and thrashing out where and when the eagerly-awaited battle will take place.
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