Former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne was able to give his reaction to the loss against Deontay Wilder at a hastily-arranged press conference following his release from hospital.
The 36 year-old spent two days under the watchful eye of doctors after losing his green belt to Wilder via unanimous decision at the MGM Grand on Saturday night, finally addressing the media on Monday afternoon.
“I want to apologize for not making the post-fight press conference. Unfortunately I was not able to perform in the fight like I wanted to due to severe dehydration and muscle damage. I did not know it was that serious until they told me. I could have died from it. I am happy to just be myself, walk and talk again. Thank God for this, that’s really what matters to me to be healthy right now,” said Stiverne.
“I did not know the severity of it Saturday night. I was able to give the people a good show, 12 rounds of boxing. If I had to do it again I would do it again. This is not the end for me. I will give it a couple weeks and then get back to work. I have a vision for this, but right now it’s just on pause. It’s just a matter of time before I will get back on my feet and walk again. When it comes to my health, I have been released from the hospital. They would not let me leave until I was sufficiently hydrated. I am grateful. Thank you to my promoter and trainer, everyone who has welcomed me.
“It is unfortunate that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with my fight with Deontay Wilder. I want to congratulate him, he fought a good fight. Hopefully somewhere in the future we will meet again.”
Stiverne lost via scores of 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109 in Las Vegas just eight months on from winning the title against Chris Arreola.