As every day goes by Bermane Stiverne gets closer to realizing his dream of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. He may not be facing the fighter that he wanted to face but he will be in with an opponent he is familiar with, Chris Arreola.
Stiverne silenced critics as he handily beat Arreola but was unable to land a fight with Vitali Klitschko. During Stiverne’s pursuit of Klitschko, Arreola was able to quickly dismantle Seth Mitchell for the WBC International Heavyweight Title thus prompting another fight to happen between Stiverne and Arreola. The fight between the two became more interesting when Klitschko vacated his title to seek a future in politics thus making the winner of Stiverne-Arreola the new heavyweight champion.
So how exactly did Arreola get himself in this position? Mitchell was rated in the top ten for heavyweights but he was taken out quickly by Jonathan Banks. Mitchell was able to redeem himself against Banks but he had many close calls to being KO’d again. Could Arreola’s manager Al Haymon be behind it? Fans that know boxing will probably tell you yes considering Haymon is one of the most influential figures in boxing.
“Boxing is politics,” said Stiverne. ” I can’t really tell you if he deserves it or not. At this point it don’t really matter to me. I’m here to get the belt. That’s all I really care about. There’s no secret how he got there. I beat him, he dropped to two. He beat Seth Mitchell, Seth Mitchell disappeared from the top ten. C’mon now, it doesn’t take a genius to know what’s going on but it don’t matter to me. My focus is on the belt; which I’m going to get; which I should of had. I’m going into the ring as if I’m defending my title because to me, that’s my title.”
When it comes to other fighters in the heavyweight division they do not spark Stiverne’s interest unless they are going to be across the ring from him. When asked about Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott, Stivern simply has no interest in them.
“I don’t care to know what’s going on or who he fights. I’m not interested. When they are (possible opponents) I’ll care about that.”