History | Jan 14 2015

Deontay Wilder’s shot at Bermane Stiverne triggers memories of Mike Tyson hammering Trevor Berbick

Daniel Herbert reflects on being ringside for Mike Tyson-Trevor Berbick as he heads to Las Vegas for Deontay Wilder's moment of truth

THIS weekend sees the boxing year really get under way with a fascinating heavyweight clash in Las Vegas, when Bermane Stiverne defends his WBC belt against big-hitting but untested Deontay Wilder. It’s the sort of fight where one can make a reasonable case for just about any result – a win for either man, and that win either early or late. It could be a blow-out, or a distance job; a thriller or a desultory maul.

There was a time when heavyweight title bouts tended to end up in Vegas by default, as in the late 1980s and through the 1990s when Mike Tyson followed by Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield held sway. But in recent years the domination of the Klitschko brothers has seen most major fights in the division happen in Europe.

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