News | Feb 01 2019

Bermane Stiverne: ‘I will knock out Joe Joyce and step over him to KO Anthony Joshua’

An optimistic Bermane Stiverne declares, 'I have gone to the mountains, the desert, dieted, lived a life of sacrifice and deprivation to mould myself into a fighting machine'
Bermane Stiverne

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.


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