Bermane Stiverne WBC heavyweight World champion SIGNED and INSCRIBED "WBC Champ" Everlast glove.
Bermane Stiverne (born November 01, 1978) is a heavyweight from Haiti. Stiverne is the current WBC heavyweight champion, which he won by defeating Chris Arreola by TKO 6 in May 2014.
Stiverne is the first ever World heavyweight boxing champion of Haitian descent. He is currently promoted by Don King, and trained by veteran trainer Don House.
Stiverne was Canada's super-heavyweight silver medallist in 2005. In 2003 and 2004 he won bronze. In international competition he beat Robert Helenius (points) and David Price (KO). His record was 49-10. He comments about his absence from the Olympics: "In a qualifying tournament in Mexico I met a Mexican fighter in the semi-finals and I was robbed. I knocked him down three times but still they gave him the decision and the place in Olympics." However no Mexican went in that category to the Olympics.
He turned pro under Don King and knocked out his first 12 opponents with his trademark left hook. He is currently fighting out of Las Vegas.
In 2007 he lost by TKO to Demetrice King. In January 2011, he fought and KOd Kertson Manswell in the 2 round. He won the vacant WBC International, vacant WBC USNBC and vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight titles. He fought Ray Austin on June 25, 2011 for the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight title. Stiverne won the fight by a 10 round TKO, becoming the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight championship, then held by Vitali Klitschko.
After Klitschko vacated the title in December 2013, Stiverne was signed to fight Chris Arreola for the vacant title. On May 10, 2014, Stiverne won the title after a sixth-round knockout of Arreola, becoming the first Haitian-born boxer to win a World heavyweight championship. He was congratulated via social media by notable Haitian personalities on this accomplishment, including, the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, time Grammy award winner, Wyclef Jean, Washington Redskins wide-receiver, Pierre Garcon, and former 2 time World champion boxer, Andre Berto.
Stiverne is expected to defend his WBC title against Deontay Wilder next however a unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko for the undisputed heavyweight championship is also a possibility.
Stiverne was born in Plaine-du-Nord, Haiti. He is the youngest of 14 children, having eight sisters and five brothers. In July 2011, he volunteered at the Welcome Hall Mission in Montreal, to offer training and inspiration to local homeless youth. Stiverne is known to be a fan of the Miami Heat.