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Bermane Stiverne an Unlikely Champion

Bermane StiverneBernane Stiverne the current WBC Heavyweight Champion who is 35, is openly honest about an austere life he had as a professional prizefighter.

When asked if he liked his life as a boxer he said he has become used to it.

Being a boxer is not easy. Fighters like the current champion toil for long hours to perform only a couple of times per year with just a small percentage at the top earning significant money in one of the toughest sports there is.

Stiverne earned his title in May of 2014 when he knocked Chris Arreola out to become the first heavyweight titleholder born in Haiti. It took him 11 years of toiling in the professional ring before he earned his title.

His sport to start was football and it earned a scholarship at Michigan State but a knee injury ended his gridiron career.

Stiverne does admit that much of what he learned playing football has helped him in the ring.

Stiverne believes that his skill will give him the edge he needs against his challengers including Deontay Wilder who is a mandatory challenger and will likely face the champion in December.

Wilder will be the toughest test thus far for Stiverne on paper. Wilder won a bronze medal and is 32-0 with all knockouts as a pro. He is a complete specimen standing 6-foot-7 with a reach of 83-inches

However, Wilder has yet to face anyone as dangerous as the champion. Stiverne is a hard skillful puncher who feels he finally is entering the prime of his career.

Stiverne became a professional at 25 following 5 years as an amateur.

Stiverne holds the only other heavyweight title of significance next to Wladimir Klitschko, who has a strangle hold on the division.

Stiverne is hoping to defeat Wilder and possibly one day have a match with Klitschko. In fact, the Haiti-born fighter said his career did not end when he became champion, but it has only just begun.