By James Slater
34-year-old Haitian-born Canadian Bermane Stiverne faces proven contender Chris Arreola in a WBC heavyweight eliminator on March 9th, and the man known as “B.Ware” (who was a no-show at the official press conference last week) is convinced he will not only win, but win in style.
The 6’2, approx 240-pounder is itching to get at Arreola, feeling this fight should have happened “a long time ago.”
“Chris Arreola has already fought for the world title and you’ve gotta respect that, and yes, he is a good fighter, a tough cookie,” Stiverne says. “But he’s never faced anyone like me before. My speed will beat him, no doubt. The fight will definitely end with a KO – in my favour!”
Stiverne says he is planning to beat Arreola and then get in with WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko
“I am very confident I would beat Vitali,” says Stiverne.
“I hope he doesn’t retire. I’m not going to get ahead of myself, as I must take one fight at a time, but after Arreola, I really hope I get a fight for the title with the current champion. I want that much more than me fighting for the vacant title. I want the real champion.”
Stiverne has been far from active, yet he does not believe he has suffered from inactivity.
“I have been active, in the gym. In the gym is where I keep sharp and do my homework. I have wanted to fight Arreola for a long time (going back to 2010) and I don’t know why it’s taken until now to get the fight made. But I have been in the gym having some great sparring. I am working hard all the time. I do feel I am the best kept secret in heavyweight boxing today and with hard work I will prove this to be true.”
“I am willing to fight anybody in the world. I want to prove myself. Don’t blink during the Arreola fight. You don’t want to miss something!”