LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA (sentinel.ht) – Former WBC heavyweight champion, Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1), is about a week away from his interim title bout against the former WBA champion, Alexander Povetkin (30-1), and says he will knock out the Russian in Ekaterinburg.
Stiverne, who trains out of Las Vegas told Boxing Scene that he is in great shape. The 38-year old says travelling to Povetkin’s hometown to fight at the Ekaterinburg Expo on December 17 is not a bother to him.
“Everything is good. I am working hard and am in good shape. I am just ready to go and can’t wait,” said Stiverne. “Since the amateurs that is how I’ve been doing man. I have been going to people’s backyards and crashing their party. His trainer can’t fight for him. His promoter can’t fight for him. It is just me and him in the ring so why worry about it? He has the pressure. I don’t have any pressure.”
Stiverne captured the WBC heavyweight title in 2014 and lost it in his first title defense against current title holder Deontay Wilder. He said that he is much more focused than he was for that fight. Stiverne is still the only fighter to go the full distance with Wilder. The winner of Stiverne vs. Povetkin will become the mandatory challenger to Wilder.