FORMER WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne insists he will be able to redeem himself after a tame one round capitulation to Deontay Wilder in 2017. He hasn’t fought since then but is due to box Joe Joyce on the James DeGale-Chris Eubank Jnr February 23 undercard.
“I wish to apologise to my fans and supporters for sending an impostor into the ring when I challenged for the world title against Deontay Wilder for the world title in my last fight,” he declared. “That was not me but a shadow of myself… Someone else. My mind was not attached to my body. My heart was not in the fight. I was there in name only.”
He claims he has refocused since then. “Following the bout I searched my soul and vowed I would either never fight again or dedicate my life – as never before – to regaining my world heavyweight title. I decided to go after the championship,” he said. “With every ounce of my being I have dedicated myself to this comeback. I have worked spiritually, mentally, personally and physically to this goal.