Bermane Stiverne is Canada's mystery world boxing champ

Bermane Stiverne celebrates his WBC heavyweight championship win over Chris Arreola last Saturday...

Bermane Stiverne celebrates his WBC heavyweight championship win over Chris Arreola last Saturday in Los Angeles. (AFP)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

TORONTO - The heavyweight champion that hardly anyone knows celebrated his spectacular win on Saturday night rather calmly.

“I didn’t run out in the streets, yelling, screaming or anything,” said Bermane Stiverne, the first Haitian-born, Canadian-trained, WBC heavyweight boxing champion in history. “I didn’t go crazy, partying or anything. I wasn’t stunned, because I expected to win.”

Bermane Stiverne becomes the third Canadian citizen of varied background to hold this belt — the other two are Lennox Lewis and Trevor Berbick — from a list that includes Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes — pretty much the best of the best of the most recent of generations.

And now a name we barely know.

A kid who learned to fight in Montreal but isn’t really part of the Montreal boxing scene. A kid who isn’t really a kid any more: He is 35 years old, turned pro at 26, promoted by the ancient Don King, a kid still devastated that politics and poor judging kept him from wearing Canada’s colours at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.


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