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John

How excited to see another limited HW get hyped to be better than either Klitschko. Another face acting as a sandbag for the division’s best jab.

Posted January 7, 2014 4:50 am 


Anonymous

glad you appreciate the hw circus.

Posted January 6, 2014 12:34 pm 


te tumbo

anonymous comes here and says the same crap but hw fights in europe draw record crowds. arreola had his chance too btw in america against vitali and came away from that fight in tears. america doesn’t deserve hw boxing until they get off their ass and beat the good european hw who have outworked them.

Posted January 6, 2014 4:46 am 


Anonymous

hw boxing has been in the sh#t house for nearly 20 years.

Posted January 5, 2014 9:38 am 


Gr33nFather

Its funny, I remember when Lennow retired for not fighting Vitali… And Vitali is doing the same thing to Stiverne, which is retiring for not getting expose by a Haitien-french-canadian-quebecois…

Posted January 5, 2014 4:52 am 


Anonymous

Vitali fought his KJ’s, Solis’s, and Sosnowski’s.. Ali fought his Evangelista’s.. Stinks’s.. and Coopman’s … The deal is Ali started losing at 36 and Vitali hasn’t lost in 11 years.

Posted January 4, 2014 6:17 pm 


Anonymous

America will get HW fights back in their country when they EARN it. Until that time, these B class BUMS are the only HW fights that will occur in America.

Posted January 4, 2014 6:12 pm 


Anonymous

both complete bums.

Posted January 4, 2014 12:15 pm 


Tom Cribb

@Te Tumbo – Chisora was way more competative vs Vitali than Arreola, who was simply a punch bag. Vit should have fought a big guy like Fury, he always avoided those after going life and death with Hoffman and Lewis.

Posted January 4, 2014 5:03 am 


Anonymous

“they don’t even bother staging heavyweight bouts in the U.S. any more”

who gives a crap? boxing fans overseas are 10X the fans that american boxing “fans” are. US boxing “fans” are utter garbage.

Posted January 4, 2014 1:45 am 


Anonymous

vitali’s legacy isn’t decided by a vitali hater like you, rod. every HW article, even one that has 0 to do with a klitschko brings out the douche bag haters. been a long, frustrating 10 years for you clowns and vitali retires without you seeing him lose, like yoy have desperately wanted for so long. sucks to be you.

Posted January 4, 2014 1:42 am 


rod

Voice of reaason its more that vitali should not have face people like sosnowski who faced absolutely no one and got a title shot. The guy could not even beat dimitrenko. A way past his prime gomez also a poor match up. Kevin Johnson, another crap match up. These are just three names on vitali’s resume, there are many like this. There were better contenders. He was also only fighting once a year for the past few years. I knew it would hurt vitali’s legacy and it has. Still did not touch the canvas once which is amazing. On an other note, Stiverne vs Perez would be a good matchup. Arreola can fight someone like browne, wilder fury thomspon if he wants another chance.

Posted January 4, 2014 12:13 am 


rjhill

Even if Stiverne wins the WBC title.It would not make him the first World champ from Haiti.He would have a small piece of a paper title.I say that because wladamar is the long reining champ and his brother who holds the other piece,what one fifth as good as the real champ.,well he has to earn that first,and then prove he belongs there.He is indeed a powerfull punching counter puncher much like Wlad who does either with success.,but the victor will be the one who beats DR.steelhammer.

Posted January 3, 2014 9:58 pm 


te tumbo

to those who think Arreola doesn’t deserve this shot, Stiverne’s claim-to-fame remains upsetting Arreola. That’s It(?!). besides, after the Klitschkos, virtually every other ranking is interchangeable. in fact, i don’t doubt that today’s #20-something ranked heavy could defeat any other heavy on any given night. except for the Klitschkos. this is the least competitive heavyweight division in my lifetime. they don’t even bother staging heavyweight bouts in the U.S. any more(?!). the mecca of boxing simply isn’t interested in what was once Boxing’s flagship division. Btw, Arreola was the last fight Vitali was involved in. EVERYthing that followed were one-sided anticlimactic beatdowns in Vitali’s favor. Arreola and Stiverne are worthy of becoming the top of the B-list.

Posted January 3, 2014 8:10 pm 


hussleman

Stiverne, should be appointed champion. He should be defending his tittle against Chris A.

Posted January 3, 2014 5:08 pm 


Anonymous

if these two are fit i see no reason why they cant go 3 rounds.

Posted January 3, 2014 3:55 pm 


Anonymous

keep the hw circus rolling.

Posted January 3, 2014 3:08 pm 


the voice of reason

If he stays focused, this guy will be very hard to beat by anyone in the division. Hes got the whole package going on. Exciting times ahead

Posted January 3, 2014 2:38 pm 


Roman

@rod So, rod, whom should Vitali have fought that he didn’t fight?!? Any outstanding candidates? Bermane Stiverne? He’s getting his shot now. Vitali is 42 years old, man, it was time for him to retire. Stiverne took 10 rounds to beat old Ray Austin, whom Wlad demolished in 2 easy rounds. Vitali stopped Arreola in an boxing exhibition. Should Vitali have fought Haye? Haye made a laughing stock of himself against Wladimir. Haye can’t even make it through training these days. Vitali fought Lennox Claudius Lewis who never fought again. Chris Byrd rematch? Ok, maybe that one. Vitali beat Corrie Sanders who ko’d Wlad. Hasim Rahman in 2005? Yeah, possibly. Seeing that Oleg Maskaev battered him twice, once knocking him out of the ring and again in 2006, umm, maybe not. Should he have taken on Fury? Or Wilder? Maybe his brother Wladimir in an all-Klitschko bout? You see, not that many great contenders he missed. His brother took care of the rest.

Posted January 3, 2014 2:23 pm 


rod

arreola vs perez and the winner should face stiverne or the winner of fury vs browne if that takes place. I still think wlad would destroy stiverne. Too tall, to fast, too good.

Posted January 3, 2014 1:51 pm 


rod

Its very sad. Vitali was such a great boxer, arguably very close to the best ever. He just ruined his legacy by choosing to fight bums. So many people are saying he ducked Stiverne as well as……….. and it is sadly true. Wlad over the last 3 years has faced much better opposition “I will still curse him for the mormeck and pianetta fights” but vitali held on to the belt and avoided so many young hungry and more dangerous heavies than the ones on his resume.

Posted January 3, 2014 1:48 pm 


AssyrianGod

So Arreola gets a title shot off the back of losing to Vitali, Adamek and Stiverne, and beating an average C Class fighter in Seth Mitchell??? Logic???

Posted January 3, 2014 1:11 pm 


Liver Shot

Why is Arreola getting a shot at the title?

Posted January 3, 2014 10:33 am 


Stefano

I hope for Arreola to win. His explosiveness and courage would make him a interesting opponent for Wlad. Stiverne is to slow and static to pose a threat for Wlad I think.

Posted January 3, 2014 8:26 am 


SVDC

It’s a disgrace that a fighter who lost everytime he stepped it up, gets a chance to fight for this vacant ‘world’ title belt. And if Arreola wins, I bet they will keep him as far as possible from every real treat. Rahman would be an ideal opponent for a first ‘defence’

Posted January 3, 2014 7:53 am 


Wazza_G1980

Arreola will fight his heart out against Stiverne so I’m not writing him off just yet.

Posted January 3, 2014 7:32 am 


Wazza_G1980

@Bill Patrice Jones 100% correct. I agree with you. Add a belt to either Stiverne or Fury and they are a different type of dangerous to Wlad. Wilder may turn out yet to be the real deal but up until now the level of his competition has been such that it is hard to gauge if he actually is what his record reflects.

Posted January 3, 2014 7:30 am 


Bill Patrice Jones

Stiverne Vs Arreola for the WBC championship is a very good fight in my view. It’s guaranteed action and explosiveness and both men know that realistically they MUST not lose. This fight becomes a potential do or die for Arreola and therefore will bring out the best from him. At the beginning of Vitali’s WBC championship run I thought he was making the division a lot more exciting. It was great to see the brothers reign together. He put on arguably the best performances of his career against people like Peter and Briggs. I thought his title run was becoming a bit laborious over the past couple of years though and the fighter who destroyed Peter was NOT the same one who got a decision over Chisora and took some shots against Charr. His retirement I think freshens up the division. The young guns can fight over it and there will always be unification talk helping the division between whomever holds the WBC belt and Wladimir. Give me a red hot Stiverne or Tyson Fury with the added swagger and hype that comes with holding a championship belt over anymore cannon fodder in Europe if you want Wladimir in a good fight. Emmanuel Steward always said that heavyweights who hold titles have that extra aura of confidence in most cases and that helps with building excitement for a Wladimir opponent.

Posted January 3, 2014 6:49 am 


Bill Patrice Jones

I fear for Stiverne because of his inactivity. He’s the sort of naturally powerful, naturally muscular pure breed heavyweight that benefits from activity. The more often Stiverne fights the sharper he remains. It’s very similar to when Samuel Peter had a really powerful looking performance to knockout Oleg Maskaev for the WBC belt. Instead of remaining active, as was the plan he didn’t fight for nearly eight months and was sluggish as hell when he lost that belt to Vitali. Heavyweights like Stiverne need activity. It’s been nearly 9 months since that fantastic performance over Arreola. By the time this fight is set we will be looking at nearly a year out of the ring. I feel that this potentially leads to Arreola taking a decision win. Stiverne should take a tune-up and be fresh and sharp for this title chance.

Posted January 3, 2014 6:21 am 


Mr gav

Why would anyone want Waldo to unifying? When he dose we will only get fights against the likes of Alex teapias?? And the top contenders would go back to avoiding each other. Klitischow is just to damn good for any fights to be remotely competative

Posted January 3, 2014 6:11 am 


punch

The 42 year old man that has avoided bermane for 2,5 years whilst facing the likes of Charr, would’ve had his hands full. Bermane is no cakewalk.

Posted January 3, 2014 4:05 am 


Wazza_G1980

Stiverne is well on his way – now all he needs is to leave Don King by the roadside if he wants to make the most out of his career!

Posted January 3, 2014 3:56 am 


Nameless

another fighter vittles ducked

Posted January 2, 2014 9:51 pm 


MN

Agreed we all watched him beat Arreola easily, so where are all the other contenders Deontay Wilder etc. At least give the WBC Belt some respect for those who have held it in the past ie make two fighters who have not met but are at the cusp and hungry get it on.

Posted January 2, 2014 9:06 pm 


floydiots are not boxing fans

Unless he is fighting Wladimir Klitschko, he isn’t winning the heavyweight championship. Just a belt discarded by a 42 year old that he would lose to.

Posted January 2, 2014 8:29 pm 


Shane

Unless he is fighting Wladimir Klitschko he isn’t winning the heavyweight championship. Just a belt discarded by a 42 year old that he would lose to. I bet they freeze Wladimir from unifying the belts and pass it from the new “Ruiz” to the next “Ruiz” to Lewis. All the while certain fans content believing when they fight it is for the heavyweight championship.

Posted January 2, 2014 8:13 pm 


Seamus O’Hooligan

h’es waited long enough….

Posted January 2, 2014 8:11 pm 


Ducksoup

te tumbo, dont matter, wlad would kick both of their ass.

Posted January 2, 2014 6:57 pm 


Lukie

One good fight against a top 20 opponent should not automatically make you a champ contender.

Posted January 2, 2014 6:20 pm 


eric

If all he has to do is beat chris, its a done deal.

Posted January 2, 2014 5:12 pm 


te tumbo

Stiverne whuPPed Arreola’s ass in their first bout. the wilt and fold that Arreola was apparently counting on never happened. Stiverne remained poised, displayed good power and timing, and not only outpunched Arreola but outclassed him as well. IMO, the rematch unfolds in a different manner. Cristobal discards his KO-artist aspirations and returns to the sharp-punching boxer-puncher he naturally is. light on his feet with solid long-range punching power. he’s also no slouch on the inside but he’s overplayed that card. it was the preferred fight-plan v. Mitchell with an exposed chin but it severely backfired v. Stiverne who figures to be an even better version of himself in the rematch, which will be the matchup it should’ve been in the first place with an edge to Arreola, unless he’s slipped. if he doesn’t thoroughly prepare himself for the biggest remaining bout of his career, the book is official: Arreola never realized his full potential. however, i anticipate a full-strength Stiverne bringing out the best of Arreola for a solid action-bout.

Posted January 2, 2014 5:06 pm 


Brazilian Boxing Fan

I hope Stiverne beats Arreola again.

Posted January 2, 2014 5:01 pm 


srminimo

Stiverne vs Mike Perez would be one heck of a rumble.

Posted January 2, 2014 4:31 pm 



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