Stiverne opens up on Joyce spar, airs views on why O2 fight was made
Bermane Stiverne has discussed the controversial sparring session which sparked a fight with British heavyweight Joe Joyce.
The former WBC champion was targeted by Team Joyce as a stepping stone opponent after they shared a ring some time ago.
Stiverne hasn’t fought since a crushing rematch loss to Deontay Wilder. The Haitian believes this is why Joyce pursued him for Saturday’s clash.
“There are a lot of stories about our sparring, but it wasn’t anything too interesting. It was a couple, maybe four rounds. Nothing to talk about,” said Stiverne.
“I’m not going into this fight based on the sparring we had. I’ve never disrespected this man. I posted a picture and thanked him for the sparring.
“Obviously they are taking this fight based on what happened in the last fight with Wilder and I’m glad. They are underestimating me. We could go back and forth all day but that’s not what matters. What matters is what happens on Saturday at The O2.
“Wilder hit me with a right hand in the rematch and that was it. You’re not going to see the same thing on Saturday. This is the perfect fight for me. They’re taking me too lightly and it’s a mistake.”
Tickets for the fight are on sale. Available from www.AXS.com and Inner Ringside/VIP Hospitality from www.sportandmusic.co.uk.
This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com.
The buy window to register and buy this event to view on Sky is now open. For complete clarity, customers who will need to register and buy in advance are:
This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com
- Customers new to ITV Box Office who have not previously registered and bought an event to view on Sky
- Customers who have previously bought an event but did not opt to store their payment details
- Those who may have previously bought an event but have since been contacted by ITV Box Office about the deletion of their account, e.g. if it had been erased as part of new GDPR regulation if there had been an issue with collecting payment etc.
- The price is £19.95 (€22.95).
- Virgin customers will be able to book the event via their remote controls, 5 days prior to fight night (Monday 18th Feb).
- For more information on purchasing for PlayStation4 and TVPlayer head to itvboxoffice.com
- In addition, customers buying the DeGale v Eubank Jr event will get access to the WBC Super Middleweight title fight between Anthony Dirrell v Avni Yildirim, live from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Programme start time 03:00 24th Feb.