Apparently WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2,41 KOs) will not hang up his boxing gloves and will move ahead with a mandated bout with Bermane Stiverne (21-1, 20 KOs). in April, Stiverne outpointed Chris Arreola through 12 rounds to become the WBC No. 1-ranked contender.
Stiverne knocked out Ray Austin, a former heavyweight title contender, in a previous eliminator in June 2011 for the right to challenge Arreola. Stiverne took Arreola’s fighting spirit away by bloodying hid nose and dropping him in the third round. Arreola was content to go the distance with the surging Stiverne, as the judges’ scored the bout 118-109 and 117-110 (twice).
A purse bid was scheduled to commence on July 22 for the third and final time, but K2 Promotions was granted another extension by the WBC.
“It’s a bit frustrating to hear only two days before the scheduled purse bid that it has once again been postponed,” said Stiverne’s manager, Camille Estephan, CEO of Eye Of The Tiger Management (EOTTM). “We are waiting for a new date. At this point, we have worked really hard to secure potential venues. Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre and Montreal’s Bell Centre are still at the forefront. Regardless, Bermane is ready now, or in a few months, and the longer Klitschko plays politics rather than man up and fight, the more ready we will be and the older he will get.”
Estephan is optimistic that Stiverne will become the next WBC heavyweight champion.
“Bermane will KO him wherever and whenever it happens,” Estephan said.
Sergio Mora signs with DiBella
Boxing promoter Lou DiBella has signed former junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora (24-3-2
, 7 KOs) currently ranked No. 7 by the WBC.
“I have always respected Lou for his bold ways and honesty,” said Mora. ”Lou is very knowledgeable and experienced and he is passionate and really cares about his fighters and the sport as a whole. Having the opportunity to work with someone like Lou is a blessing and an honor. I want to fight the top 160-pounders in the world, and THE best is Sergio Martinez, who just happens to also be promoted by Lou.”
Mora is best recognized for his two fights against the late Vernon Forrest. Mora defeated Forrest to win the WBC 154-pound title in 2008, but lost it to Forrest in an immediate rematch the same year.
“Say what you want, but Mora is, and has been for many years, one of the most skilled middleweights in the world. His style has become much more appeasing at this stage of his career and coming off the big win over Proksa, he definitely factors into a major fight in the division sometime within the next 12 months,” said promoter Lou DiBella.
Mora is 2-2 in his last four fights, losing two disputed decisions to Brian Vera.
An announcement regarding Mora’s first fight under the DBE banner will be announced soon.