Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne (1st meeting)

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Deontay Wilder 219 lbs beat Bermane Stiverne 239 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

Bermane Stiverne Vs. Deontay Wilder - WBC World heavyweight Title

Wilder versus Stiverne WBC World Heavyweight Title Bout

  • Showtime main event worldwide broadcast. Clean bout with no fouls called. First defense of WBC vacant world title won by Stiverne.
  • Besides the end of the round, referee Tony Weeks was a total bystander, separating the two contestants once on the ropes.
  • At 32-0 with 32 knockouts but untested against world class opposition, Deontay Wilder, 29, demonstrated with this 12 round unanimous decision that he was the best American to hold a share of the world heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs did it in 2006. Wilder appeared to win nearly every round, mainly due to punch volume activity. At 6'7" tall, Wilder enjoyed a five inch reach advantage over Stiverne, who could not get inside with consistency, and swung with wild misses on occasion, being out of range. Wilder, at 219 pounds to Stiverne's 239 pounds, was also far faster on his feet. Both gentlemen traded power shots, and neither was able to significantly move the other, so the bout was destined to go the distance. Over time, Stiverne's face swelled though he hung tough. A strange moment happened at the end of round two, when Stiverne, apparently hit by a punch, fell forward, sending himself, Wilder and referee Tony Weeks tumbling to the canvas, ruled no knockdown. Stiverne's promoter, Don King noted after the world title bout Wilder deserved to win because Stiverne simply was not throwing enough punches. By the punch count, not a close bout, though Wilder was taken past the fourth round-and the distance-by a legitimate opponent for the first time. There were few jabs and little bodywork attempted during the contest. Former world heavyweight champions Larry Holmes and Evander Holyfield were among those in attendance ringside at the MGM Grand Las Vegas as a share of the heavyweight title changed hands on Muhammad Ali's 73rd birthday.
  • CompuBox Statistics
    • Stiverne landed 110 of 327 punches 34% overall
    • Wilder landed 227 of 621 punches 37% overall
  • Canadian judge Craig Metcalf scored every round for Wilder.

Preceded by:
Stiverne vs. Arreola II
WBC Heavyweight Title Fight
# 108
Succeeded by:
Wilder vs. Molina