Stiverne to defend world boxing title against Wilder

Canadian Bermane Stiverne (left) fights Chris Arreola for the WBC world heavyweight championship at...

Canadian Bermane Stiverne (left) fights Chris Arreola for the WBC world heavyweight championship at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles May 10, 2014. (TIM BRADBURY/QMI Agency)

MATHIEU BOULAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

MONTREAL - Canada’s Bermane Stiverne, the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, will defend his title against American Deontay Wilder in November.

The location of the fight is still to be determined.

In Wilder (31-0-31 KO), the WBC’s No. 1 contender, the Haitian-born, Canada-raised champ can expect a worthy challenger who has a reputation for being a knockout artist.

Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO) has never had much love for Wilder, who has rarely met a microphone he didn’t like.

Mere minutes after Stiverne won the heavyweight belt, Wilder was calling him out and saying he deserved the first crack at the new champ.

Initially, many boxing people assumed that Stiverne’s first fight would be a unification bout against current WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitchko. Sources told QMI Agency that discussions between the Klitchko and Stiverne camps broke down over the last couple of days.

QMI has learned the biggest roadblock between the two was that Klitchko wanted to fight in September, while Stiverne was committed to waiting until November to get back in the ring.

Meanwhile, Stiverne has been basking in his new-found celebrity status. He was recently feted by dignitaries at Montreal’s Haitian consulate, and received a plaque to commemorate his title belt.

The boxer will next make his way to London to attend the Kevin Mitchell-Ghislain Maduma fight Saturday night in London, England.

Stiverne says that he’ll get back to the gym and start training sometime in the month of June.


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