The undefeated Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) returns from a nine-month layoff on Saturday night when he defends the WBC heavyweight title against Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1) from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Wilder last fought in February defeating Gerald Washington by fifth-round knockout. He was originally scheduled to face Luis Ortiz but at the end of September, Ortiz failed a drug test and got pulled from the fight. Stiverne, who had been set to fight Dominic Breazeale on the undercard received the call to face Wilder.
We will find out if Wilder is focused on Stiverne and not looking ahead to a potential bout with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who defeated Carlos Takam by tenth-round TKO last Saturday.
Here is everything you need to know about the Wilder vs. Stiverne fight, including date, time and how to live stream (all times are Eastern).
Wilder vs. Stiverne fight date, time
The Wilder vs. Stiverne fight is set for Saturday, Nov. 4. The broadcast begins at 9 p.m. Wilder and Stiverne are expected to enter the ring around around 11:15.
Wilder vs. Stiverne TV, live stream info
The Wilder vs. Stiverne fight can be seen on Showtime Boxing (Showtime subscription required) beginning at 9 p.m. You will also be able to live stream the fight online at sho.com or with the Showtime Anytime app (subscription also required).
Wilder vs. Stiverne fight card
— Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne for Wilder's WBC Heavyweight Title
— Shawn Porter vs. Adrian Granados; WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator
— Sergey Lipinets vs. Akihiro Kondo for vacant IBF Junior Welterweight Title
Wilder vs. Stiverne preview
Wilder and Stiverne first met in Jan. 2015 with Wilder winning by a lopsided unanimous decision to captire the WBC title. It is the only fight in Wilder's career where a bout has gone the distance. Since then, the "Bronx Bomber" has made five consecutive title defense against what many boxing pundits have called below average opposition. The 32-year-old believes it isn't his fault that fighters like Ortiz, Alexander Povetkin and Andrzej Wawrzyk failed their respective drug tests and is the most feared man in the sport.
Stiverne's only fought once since the title loss. He won a lackluster decision over Derric Rossy in Nov. 14. Like Wilder, he tried to fight Povetkin this time though for the interim WBC belt last November. But 20 before the fight, it was revealed Povetkin failed another drug test and Stiverne refused to face him.
The soon-to-be 39-year-old has been waiting for this moment and feels if he wasn't diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which is when damaged skeletal muscle breaks down rapidly, then he would have beaten Wilder almost three years ago.
Wilder's made it clear that he wants to face Joshua next to unify the titles. But first, he wants to erase doubts in boxing fans' minds from the first fight and get a vicious knockout and then move on to bigger and better things in 2018.
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