EXCLUSIVE: Bermane Stiverne chooses his #1 heavyweight in the world

Briar Schreiber 14/02/2019

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Bermane Stiverne, ahead of his clash with Joe Joyce, revealed his thoughts on a buzzing heavyweight scene. ‘B-Ware’ outlined who he believes is the best in his division.

Stiverne, a former WBC heavyweight champion, is set to face Commonwealth title holder Joyce on the undercard of James DeGale’s London clash with Chris Eubank Jr. next weekend.

Victory over a well-known past champion like Stiverne could catapult the Joyce from domestic star to title contender.

However, the Canadian puncher has his own plans. He claims he’d be up for a fight with Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury should he defeat the Brit.

“I’m open to fight anybody”, Stiverne exclusively told World Boxing News. “I took a year off after my last fight but I’m ready to go right now and I feel good.

And Stivene, the first heavyweight champion of Haitian descent, has been training differently due to his desire to prove his many doubters wrong.

“My career right now is about making smart decisions and training smart.

“Throughout my career, I’ve trained too hard and overtrained. But I’ve improved that. I’m now right to fight anybody in the heavyweight division.”

Stiverne has lost to Deontay Wilder twice in his career. Once on points in a 2015 clash for the WBC strap. In contrast, the other a chilling first round knockout two years ago.

The 40-year-old puncher, however, doesn’t agree that his former foe is the best heavyweight fighter on the planet. Hence his prediction that Wilder’s challenger is now the top dog.

“I’ve gotta go with Fury, he’s very tricky,” Stiverne said. “He really surprised me after having two years off and whatever he had going on.

“He came back and fought like he’d never been away. I’m really impressed that he’s become a better person. Obviously, he had a lot going on.

“Right now, I see Fury as being the best of the three,” he concluded.

The Joyce fight represents a UK debut for Stiverne and co-features on the ITV Box Office event.

James Copley is a Staff Writer for World Boxing News. Follow James on Twitter @JamesCopley73


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