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.”
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