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Stiverne vs. Wilder: A Heavyweight Championship For Our Times

Just more than 40 years removed from the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ with Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, the heavyweights — WBC world champion Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder — will ‘Return to Glory.’ The little guys in boxing are great but it’s the heavyweights that have always excited fans the most. Bermane, he’s a knockout artist just like Mike Tyson. Wilder, he talks trash but is a good fighter, too. This is a must-see fight.Don King

I’m expecting a short night because we have bad blood, I really want to hurt this guy, and I haven’t felt this way in a long time. I want to show him this is no joke, this is real. This is business. This is the hurt game and my power is real. I told him that I’ll whoop his ass and I’m going to keep my promise. America is yearning for a heavyweight world champion. We haven’t had a real one since the days of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. Everyone just sits back and remembers the glory days. America has been waiting for their champion and I’ve arrived.Deontay Wilder

By the Numbers

Boxrec Ranking at Heavyweight

Bermane Stiverne #4

Deontay Wilder #10

Age

Bermane Stiverne 36

Deontay Wilder 29

Height

Bermane Stiverne 6′ 2″

Deontay Wilder 6′ 6½″

Reach

Bermane Stiverne 80″

Deontay Wilder 83″

Professional Debut

Bermane Stiverne 2005-07-29

Deontay Wilder 2008-11-15

Amateur Pedigree

Bermane Stiverne 49-10. Holds wins over Robert HeleniusDavid Price

Deontay Wilder Lost to Krzysztof ZimnochClemente Russo. Beat Rakhim Chakhiyev; Isiah Thomas; Quantis Graves

Started Boxing

Bermane Stiverne 1999

Deontay Wilder October 2005

Notable Pro Wins

Bermane Stiverne Chris Arreola (twice); Ray Austin

Deontay Wilder Audley Harrison; Malik Scott

Rounds in 2014 of Rounds in Career

Bermane Stiverne 6 of 85

Deontay Wilder 5 of 58

Early Odds Check

Bermane Stiverne 11/8

Deontay Wilder  4/7

Who Next for Klitschko? Hamilton Likelihood of Voluntary Participation Co-Efficient

Likelihood of Voluntary Participation is a function of perceived marketability & perceived lack of risk of losing to a given opponent

(10*Marketability Co-Efficient) + (10 – Ease of Victory Co-Efficient) = Voluntary Participation Likelihood 

The Short List (Most Likely to Least Likely)

Shannon Briggs #54 in the world & #18 in the USA according to Boxrec.com. #6 according to the always keen to pick up sanctioning fees World Boxing AssociationPromotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 5.5/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 3.5/10. Overall score: 12/20. 

Tyson Fury Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 8.25/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 6.5/10. Overall score: 11.75/20. 

Antonio Tarver Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 6.75/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 5/10. Overall score: 11.75/20. 

Christian Hammer Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 3/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 1.5/10. Overall score: 11.5/20. 

Luis Ortiz – The WBA’s interim champion is ranked #30 in the world by boxrec.com. At 35 he’s only boxed 85 professional rounds in fully 5 years. Owns a mammoth 84″ reach. Has an incredibly thin resume at the world level - Lateef Kayode is his singular vaguely notable win to this point. Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 3/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 2/10. Overall score: 11/20. 

Bryant Jennings – The WBA’s #2 contender is boxrec.com’s #8 in the world at heavyweight. Also possesses an 84″ reach. Holds wins over Siarhei LiakhovichArtur SzpilkaMike PerezPromotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 5.5/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 6/10. Overall score: 9.5/20. 

 

Too early to discuss:

Anthony Joshua; Joseph Parker & Andy Ruiz Jr

But for amusement sake this is how they’d have scored (at this stage):

Anthony Joshua Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 7/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 6.5/10. Overall score: 10.5/20. 

Joseph Parker Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 4/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 4.5/10. Overall score: 9.5/20. 

Andy Ruiz Jr Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 3/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 4.5/10. Overall score: 8.5/20. 

*Alexander PovetkinKubrat Pulev not considered owing to the recency of their fights & losses to Klitschko in non-rematch building fashion (to put it mildly).

**Bermane StiverneDeontay Wilder not considered as they are slated to face each other in January 2015 – although clearly this means either COULD be available for an April/May/June fight with Wladimir.

***Vyacheslav Glazkov was not considered as he has a slated bout in March 2013.

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