Ladbrokes Boxing – Stiverne Knocks Out Arreola to Win WBC Heavyweight Championship

  • Updated: May 15, 2014
  • Ladbrokes Boxing – Stiverne Knocks Out Arreola to Win WBC Heavyweight Championship

    Chris Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) took Bermaine Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) to deep water Saturday night in their bout for the vacant WBC Heavyweight Championship. Arreola looked ready to drown the Haitian-born Canadian going into the sixth round, but a picture-perfect Stiverne right hook had Arreola swimming in mid-air on the way to crashing to the canvas. Arreola recovered only to be sent back to the mat after his neck collided with the ropes. Again, Arreola rose to his feet only to be smothered by a third assault from Stiverne that ended the fight with Arreola still standing.


    Arreola spent the bulk of the first five rounds executing a much better game plan than he did over a year ago in the first fight between the two heavyweight titans. He went back to the basics and peppered Stiverne with crisp 1-2 punches that easily penetrated Stiverne’s guard. Stiverne taunted Arreola all the while, seemingly trying to transmit the message that nothing was hurting him, though he admitted in the post-fight interview that one of Arreola’s body shots did hurt pretty badly.

    Stiverne becomes the first World Heavyweight Champion of Haitian descent with the landmark victory. He is the youngest of 14 children, including five brothers and eight sisters. The family came to Miami first, emigrating to Canada later. He also lists his current residence as Las Vegas on Boxrec.

    The WBC title vacated by Vitali Klitschko is now in very capable hands, and there are already at least two big names in the mix who want the next crack at taking it for themselves.

    Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) would be the most logical choice for Stiverne, but Wilder is also perhaps the most dangerous opponent Stiverne could possibly face. Either way that fight goes, though, the title would still remain in North America. Wilder is yet to sign his next fight and was at ringside Saturday night to watch Stiverne get the historic win. The same can’t be said for Stiverne’s other potential first challenger.

    Stiverne’s most ambitious choice of opponents would be someone who has plenty of world titles already.  Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) promised to never fight his brother, so as long as Vitali held the WBC title it was not an option for “Dr. Steelhammer” to add to his trophy case. Vitaly’s semi-retirement to attend to his political interests in Ukraine may now result in his brother’s first opportunity to unify the heavyweight championship. Wladimir currently holds the IBF, WBO, WBA, and IBO Heavyweight Championships, and he has a defense already scheduled for September 6th against unbeaten Kabrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs).

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