Straight from the ‘is he nonetheless preventing?’ recordsdata, comes information that former WBC heavyweight champ Bermane Stiverne will face Jonathan Guidry in Miami on January twenty first. The heavyweight match up will act as chief help to the WBC cruiserweight title struggle between defending champ Ilunga Makabu and challenger Noel Mikaelyan. That is Don King’s newest present, and the 91 12 months outdated has referred to as the occasion “Let Freedom Ring! Conflict of the Champions!”
It’s shocking to many who King continues to be going, however it would possibly come as a fair greater shock to some followers that Stiverne continues to be going. It certain appears a very long time in the past now when the Haitian was twice defeating Chris Arreola to first earn a shot on the WBC title after which successful it within the return. Stiverne, 25-5-1(21) is 1-5 because the Arreola rematch win, and he was final seen being stopped late by Trevor Bryan. Now aged 44, Stiverne could properly lose once more when he fights Guidry.
Guidry, 18-1-2(11) and by no means stopped, is coming off a formidable KO win over the unbeaten Dacarree Scott, who the 33 12 months outdated from Louisiana beat in his first struggle again after pushing Bryan arduous over 12 rounds. Guidry has not had the advantage of costly coaching camps and he has not had that a lot ring expertise. However Guidry can struggle – all 5’11” of him. It’s not clear how a lot Stiverne has left, neither is it clear what sort of form he’ll are available in at for the January struggle.
On paper, that is no nice shakes of a struggle, in any respect. But typically these sort of match-ups can shock us, and supply us with good motion. Guidry will likely be in form, as he works arduous (out and in of the ring; his different job being that of a shrimping boat employee and crab fisherman), and if Stiverne turns up able to rock and roll, who is aware of, we would get an entertaining heavyweight scrap.
King, who says his primary eventers are “the 2 greatest cruiserweights on the planet,” is utilizing up something that there’s left of Bermane Stiverne on this one, certainly Stiverne’s final ring look ought to he lose once more. King’s present just isn’t an elite occasion, however followers ought to see a few knockouts in Miami.