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Stiverne confident of silencing Wilder

January 17, 2015 13:06:36 UK

Bermane Stiverne has backed himself to put an end to Deontay Wilder’s unbeaten streak when he defends his WBC heavyweight title against the American in Las Vegas.

The hard-hitting duo will clash on Saturday night in one of the most eagerly anticipated heavyweight bouts for years, with Wilder aiming to make it 33 straight wins.

The 29-year-old has knocked out all 32 of his previous opponents and has never been beyond the fourth round.

Haiti’s Stiverne believes he is the man to stop Wilder though, having only tasted defeat once in his 26 fight career.

The 36-year-old claimed the WBC belt, vacated by Vitali Klitschko, last October when he stopped Mexico’s Chris Arreola in six rounds and is now primed for his first defence.

Stiverne claims Wilder is a fraud and believes all the hype surrounding the knockout specialist is undeserved.

The Las Vegas resident is predicting a brief fight as he feels he can record the 22 KO of his career.

“It’s going to be a real fight, a fight like you’ve never seen before. I’m no cab driver, I’m no one-hit wonder, this is the real deal. This belt here isn’t going anywhere. This green belt is staying right here in this green hotel,” said Stiverne.

“Everyone who has supported me, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve seen plenty of guys like Wilder, even guys who talk more than him.

“This is a real fight and this belt is staying right here in my home town. You’re going to get hurt, the worst thing you did was have me take you seriously, and I’m taking you seriously.

“This is going to be a terrific fight. After this fight you will never ever hear about Deontay Wilder.”

Wilder is 1.44 to win the fight, with Stiverne 2.75 to successful defend his belt.

Wilder is 1.61 to win a 33rd fight via KO.

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