YEKATERINBURG, Sverdlovsk Oblast, RU (sentinel.ht) – Haitian-Canadian Bermane Stiverne landed in Russia ahead of his December 17 fight against Alexander Povetkin. The two met up for a press conference in Yekaterinburg where Stiverne told journalists he does not plan to box for 12 rounds, “I’m going to try to finish the fight early.”
The former WBC Heavyweight trains out of Las Vegas but didn’t seem to bothered by the travel. “Russia’s a beautiful country. As for the weather, I’m used to such a climate because I lived in Canada. This is something that I’ve seen before. Frankly, I was in Canada for a long time, but now I am constantly in Las Vegas and Miami but I knew what to expect before I came here,” Stiverne said.
“I had to work on endurance. I had to pour more fuel into my tanks. I worked on it. I have to be in good physical shape in order to win, to do it with confidence. We – along with my trainers did everything we planned – to have enough power for all 12 rounds. But as I said earlier, I do not plan to box for 12 rounds and I’m going try to finish the fight early. I know that Povetkin is a very talented fighter and you have to be ready for anything,” Stiverne said.
“I have only one goal – to re-enter the ring with Wilder. I wasn’t even interested in the title, I just want another fight with him. The way I lost to him … I will say this, this is not a loss that I can accept. I was out of shape, and I have something for him in a rematch. But right now my goal is to beat Povetkin, so all my thoughts are only about this fight. I circled the entire globe, and I did not come here to lose.”