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Bermane Stiverne
Nickname(s) B. Ware
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in
Reach 77 in
  • Haitian
  • Canadian
Born (1978-11-01) November 1, 1978 (age 44)
Plaine-du-Nord, Haiti
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 25
Wins by KO 21
Losses 5
Draws 1

Bermane Stiverne (born November 1, 1978) is a Haitian-Canadian professional boxer. He held the WBC heavyweight title from 2014 to 2015. He also challenged twice for world titles in 2017 and 2021.

Amateur career

Stiverne started boxing at the age of 19. As an amateur he won a silver medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2005 National Championships, as well as bronze in the 2003 and 2004 Championships. In international competition he beat Robert Helenius (points) and David Price (knockout). His total amateur record was 49 wins and 10 losses. Stiverne commented about his absence from the Olympics: "In a qualifying tournament in Mexico I met a Mexican fighter in the semi-finals and I was robbed. I knocked him down three times but still they gave him the decision and the place in Olympics." That fighter was Mexican-American George Garcia.

Professional career

Early career

Stiverne turned professional under promoter Don King, and knocked out his first twelve opponents with his favoured left hook.

In 2007 he lost by TKO to Demetrice King. In January 2011, he fought and KOd Kertson Manswell in the 2 round. He won the vacant WBC International, vacant WBC USNBC and vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight titles. He fought Ray Austin on June 25, 2011 for the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title. Stiverne won the fight by a 10-round TKO, becoming the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight championship, then held by Vitali Klitschko.

WBC Heavyweight champion

Stiverne vs. Arreola II

On December 19, 2013, the WBC ordered their #1 ranked heavyweight Bermane Stiverne, and their #2 ranked heavyweight Chris Arreola to fight for the world heavyweight championship, which was vacated by Vitali Klitschko in October. The fight was an immediate rematch of their April 27, 2013 bout, which Stiverne won by unanimous decision. The title fight was scheduled for May 10, 2014, and was held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Despite beating Arreola in their previous meeting, Stiverne entered the bout as a +140 underdog, with a number of media outlets predicting an Arreola win. Stiverne won the rematch by a sixth-round technical knockout. Arreola was caught with a right hand early on in the round, and was unable to defend against the increasing volume of Stiverne, which prompted the referee to wave the fight off. Stiverne became the first Haitian-born boxer to win a world heavyweight championship. He was congratulated by notable Haitians on this accomplishment, including by the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly

Stiverne vs. Wilder

Stiverne made his first WBC heavyweight title defense against the 2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist Deontay Wilder. The fight was scheduled for January 17, 2015, and was held at the Barclays Center in New York City, New York. Stiverne lost the fight by unanimous decision, with scores of 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109. Stiverne landed just 110 punches over the course of the twelve rounds, while Wilder landed 227 punches. Stiverne was hospitalized with dehydration following his title loss, but was released a few days later.

Post title reign

The cancelled Povetkin vs. Stiverne fight

In 2016, the WBC ordered mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin to fight Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight title. On November 11, the WBC were informed that Stiverne had tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine. Stiverne claimed he ingested a supplement without knowing that it contained the banned substance. The WBC took into account that it was Stiverne's first offence when making its ruling and fined him $75,000. Just 20 hours before the fight was to take place, the WBC withdrew its sanction of the fight stating Povetkin had failed a drug test for ostarine. Stiverne declined to fight Povetkin.

Stiverne vs. Wilder II

On November 4, 2017, Stiverne again fought Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title. Before the fight he had remained largely inactive with only two bouts in nearly three years. At the time of the fight he was the only man to go twelve rounds with Wilder. The rematch proved to be disappointing as he was knocked unconscious in the first round. Stats showed that he only threw four punches during the entire fight, none of which connected.

Stiverne vs. Joyce

In 2019, Stiverne faced undefeated British heavyweight contender Joe Joyce (7-0, 7 KOs) on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr. vs. James DeGale on February 23. Joyce was ranked #5 by the WBA at heavyweight. Joyce opened up by throwing power shots and pressing the opponent. Outshaped 40-years-old Stiverne had some successful counterattacks but stayed passive most of the time. The fight was stopped by the referee in the 6th round, Stiverne losing by TKO.

Stiverne vs. Bryan

On January 29, 2021, Stiverne faced WBA regular heavyweight champion and #1 WBA ranked heavyweight Trevor Bryan. Bryan managed to drop Stiverne twice, with the referee stopping the fight shortly after the second knockdown, at the middle of round eleven.

Personal life

Stiverne was born in Plaine-du-Nord, Haiti. He is the youngest of 14 children, having eight sisters and five brothers. In July 2011, he volunteered at the Welcome Hall Mission in Montreal, to offer training and inspiration to local homeless youth. Stiverne is known to be a fan of the Miami Heat.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
31 fights 25 wins 5 losses
By knockout 21 4
By decision 4 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
31 Loss 25–5–1 Trevor Bryan TKO 11 (12), 1:26 Jan 29, 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S. For vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
30 Loss 25–4–1 Joe Joyce TKO 6 (12), 2:20 Feb 23, 2019 The O2 Arena, London, England For Commonwealth and inaugural WBA (Gold) heavyweight titles
29 Loss 25–3–1 Deontay Wilder KO 1 (12), 2:59 Nov 4, 2017 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBC heavyweight title
28 Win 25–2–1 Derric Rossy UD 10 Nov 14, 2015 The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
27 Loss 24–2–1 Deontay Wilder UD 12 Jan 17, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC heavyweight title
26 Win 24–1–1 Chris Arreola TKO 6 (12), 2:02 May 10, 2014 Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC heavyweight title
25 Win 23–1–1 Chris Arreola UD 12 Apr 27, 2013 Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S. Retained WBC Silver heavyweight title
24 Win 22–1–1 Willie Herring UD 8 Apr 14, 2012 Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, U.S.
23 Win 21–1–1 Ray Austin TKO 10 (12), 0:43 Jun 25, 2011 Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S. Won vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title
22 Win 20–1–1 Kertson Manswell TKO 2 (10), 1:52 Feb 29, 2011 Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S. Won vacant WBA Fedelatin, WBC International, and WBC–USNBC heavyweight titles
21 Win 19–1–1 Ramon Hayes KO 1 (8), 2:08 Nov 11, 2010 Corona Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
20 Win 18–1–1 Jerry Butler TKO 7 (8), 1:34 Oct 31, 2009 Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
19 Draw 17–1–1 Charles Davis MD 6 Apr 29, 2009 Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
18 Win 17–1 Robert Hawkins UD 8 Feb 14, 2009 BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
17 Win 16–1 Lyle McDowell KO 1 (8) Dec 20, 2008 Hallenstadion, Zürich, Switzerland
16 Win 15–1 Brad Gregory TKO 1 (8), 2:35 Jul 11, 2008 Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
15 Win 14–1 Jimmy Haynes KO 1 (8), 2:08 Mar 27, 2008 Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
14 Win 13–1 Edward Gutierrez TKO 1 (8), 2:58 Oct 6, 2007 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
13 Loss 12–1 Demetrice King TKO 4 (8), 1:59 Jul 7, 2007 The Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Earl Ladson KO 3 (8), 2:10 Apr 28, 2007 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 John Clark TKO 1 (6), 2:59 Mar 2, 2007 Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, Florence, Indiana, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Harold Sconiers KO 1 (6), 2:05 Feb 3, 2007 Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Otis Mills TKO 1 (6), 1:48 Jan 6, 2007 Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Charles Brown KO 2 (6), 2:03 Oct 7, 2006 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Franklin Lawrence TKO 1 (4), 0:57 Jul 8, 2006 Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Marcus Dear TKO 3 (4), 2:44 Apr 8, 2006 Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 John Turlington TKO 1 (4), 2:23 Jan 7, 2006 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 James Harrison TKO 1 (4), 1:16 Dec 1, 2005 The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Gary Lavender TKO 1 (4), 2:32 Oct 27, 2005 The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Benny Bland TKO 1 (4), 1:02 Sep 9, 2005 The Frosted Mug, Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Roy Matthews TKO 1 (4), 1:26 Jul 29, 2005 The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
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