Poxon Sports and PBC are delighted to announce that heavyweight sensation Joe Joyce will defend his Commonwealth title in the biggest test of his unbeaten career when he takes a gigantic leap up to confront the Former WBC World Champion Bermane Stiverne on February 23 at The O2, exclusively live on ITV Box Office.
Joyce vs. Stiverne, promoted by Poxon Sports in association with Ringstar Sports and Don King Productions, will feature alongside the return of Former IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby as one of the chief-supporting contests on an action-packed show, headlined with the thrilling all-British clash between fierce rivals James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr.
The last time we saw Stiverne was November 2017 when Wilder stopped him in one round. However, Stiverne is ready to get back to the top of the sport.
The fight has added bad blood thrown in resulting from a sparring session between Joyce and Stiverne in which Joyce was angered by comments from Stiverne in an interview afterwards when he said he took Joyce to school.
“I told my promoter Don King to get me any man on earth and I will fight for the right to prove myself to the world,” Stiverne said. “Then the phone rings, it’s Don, he tells me Joe Joyce – a boxer with only seven bouts – agrees to meet me! ‘Seven bouts?’ Seven fights and he has the audacity to box me? I have stopped Chris Arreola, Ray Austin, the then undefeated Kerston Manswell – and a boxer with seven fights wants to box me?!.’ I said to Don ‘Sign it, take it, grab it,’ I’m ready. Seven fights – and he wants to box me? For me it is a dream come true – but for Joyce it will be a nightmare. I will knock out Joe Joyce and step over him to KO Anthony Joshua. I’m primed and ready. The real Bermane Stiverne will be there on February 23 and will knock out Joe Joyce en route to regaining my heavyweight crown.”
Stiverne is now looking to return to the elite heavyweight mix and a victory over Joyce would propel him back into the limelight and on course towards a potential world title opportunity.
Joyce, now ranked #5 in the world by the WBA and progressing quickly towards a World Title shot, faces unquestionably his sternest career test to date against the vastly experienced and equally big-hitting Las Vegas based Haitian who has knocked out 21 opponents of his 25 wins in his 29 fight career.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder retained his belt on Saturday night after stopping Bermane Stiverne in Round one at Barclays Center.
Wilder first knocked Stiverne to the ground with a devastating one-two combination that caught the Haitian challenger on the nose. Seconds after Stiverne got back to his feet, Wilder landed another clean combination with a big left and an overhand right that sent a stunned Stiverne back to the canvas. The final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly Stiverne.
Here’s how it looked:
Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne will get it on in the main event on Saturday at Barclays Center.
Also on the card, former world champion Shawn Porter will battle Adrian Granados in a welterweight world title eliminator. The three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten Sergey Lipinets battling Japan’s Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title.
The fighters were at Barclays Center on Friday for the weigh-in.
Wilder weighed in at 220 pounds, while Stiverne came in at 254 pounds.
Here are some of the sights from today’s weigh-in:
Photos from Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former world champion Bermane Stiverne went face-to-face and exchanged words onstage Thursday at the final press conference before they battle this Saturday, November 4 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne believes that Wilder has been avoiding him since their first fight in 2015. A fight in which Wilder won by unanimous decision and captured Stiverne’s title. Stiverne is the only fighter to go the distance against Wilder.
“Deontay Wilder has been trying to duck me. He’s been giving a lot of excuses about my career. He should be happy if I’ve been inactive. He should be jumping in the air. Everyone knows that means he’s scared.” Stiverne said on Thursday. “He knows what time it is. He already gave me his best. I had nothing last fight. But now I’m a very dangerous man. Everyone here knows what time it is. I feel great and I feel strong. There will be no excuses this time. I can guarantee you this. I’m 100 percent this time. Deontay said he fears for my life. Well, I don’t fear for his life. I’m going to do whatever it takes to grab that title. And I’ll walk away with a smile on my face.”
Stiverne believes Wilder is the same guy he saw in their first fight:
“His last fights that I’ve watched, I haven’t seen any progress. Saturday, November 4 I will be two-time heavyweight champion of the world. No one can stop me. He can smile all he wants. But on Saturday I’m taking that belt home with me,” Stiverne said.
Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, the event features former world champion Shawn Porter taking on Adrian Granados in a welterweight world title eliminator. The three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten Sergey Lipinets battling Japan’s Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship.
Photos from Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment