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Bermane Stiverne (born November 1, 1978) is a Haitian-Canadian professional boxer who held the WBC heavyweight title from 2014 to 2015.

Bermane Stiverne
Nickname(s)B. Ware
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[1]
Reach77 in (196 cm)[1]
  • Haitian
  • Canadian
Born (1978-11-01) November 1, 1978 (age 40)
Plaine-du-Nord, Haiti
Boxing record
Total fights30
Wins by KO21

Amateur careerEdit

Stiverne started boxing at the age of 19. As an amateur he won a silver medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2005 National Championships,[clarification needed] as well as bronze in the 2003 and 2004 Championships. In international competition he beat Robert Helenius (points) and David Price (knockout). His total amateur record was 49 wins and 10 losses. Stiverne commented 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." That fighter was Mexican-American George Garcia.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Stiverne turned professional under promoter Don King, and knocked out his first twelve opponents with his favoured left hook.

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, as well as the first out of the province of Quebec, to win the WBC world heavyweight championship.[3][4][5] He was congratulated via social media by notable Haitian personalities on this accomplishment, including, the former President of Haiti, Michel Martelly,[6] 3 time Grammy award winner, Wyclef Jean,[7] Washington Redskins wide-receiver, Pierre Garçon,[8] and former 2 time world champion boxer, Andre Berto.[9] Stiverne lost his WBC title against American Deontay Wilder on January 17, 2015, at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, by a wide unanimous decision. Following the fight, Stiverne was hospitalized and diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis.[10]

Povetkin vs. Stiverne, cancellationEdit

In 2016, the WBC ordered mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin to fight Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight title.[11]

On November 11, the WBC were informed that Stiverne had tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine. Stiverne claimed he ingested a supplement without knowing it which contained the banned substance. The WBC took into account that it was Stiverne's first offence when making its ruling and fined him $75,000.[12][13] Just 20 hours before the fight was to take place, the WBC withdrew its sanction of the fight stating Povetkin had failed a drug test for ostarine. Stiverne declined to fight Povetkin.[14][15]

Rematch with WilderEdit

On November 4, 2017, Stiverne again fought Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title. Before the fight he had remained largely inactive with only two bouts in nearly three years. At the time of the fight he held the distinction of being the only man to go twelve rounds with Wilder. The rematch proved to be disappointing as he was knocked unconscious in the first round. Stats showed that he only threw four punches during the entire fight, none of which connected.[16]

Joyce vs. StiverneEdit

In 2019, Stiverne faced undefeated British heavyweight contender Joe Joyce (7-0, 7 KOs) on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr. vs. James DeGale on February 23. Joyce opened up by throwing power shots and pressing the opponent. Outshaped 40-years-old Stiverne had some successful counterattacks but stayed passive most of the time. The fight was stopped by the referee in the 6th round, Stiverne losing by TKO.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Stiverne was born in Plaine-du-Nord, Haiti. He is the youngest of 14 children, having eight sisters and five brothers.[18] In July 2011, he volunteered at the Welcome Hall Mission in Montreal, to offer training and inspiration to local homeless youth.[19] Stiverne is known to be a fan of the Miami Heat.[20]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
30 fights 25 wins 4 losses
By knockout 21 3
By decision 4 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
30 Loss 25–4–1   Joe Joyce TKO 6 (12), 2:20 Feb 23, 2019   The O2 Arena, London, England For Commonwealth and inaugural WBA (Gold) heavyweight titles
29 Loss 25–3–1   Deontay Wilder KO 1 (12), 2:59 Nov 4, 2017   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBC heavyweight title
28 Win 25–2–1   Derric Rossy UD 10 Nov 14, 2015   The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
27 Loss 24–2–1   Deontay Wilder UD 12 Jan 17, 2015   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC heavyweight title
26 Win 24–1–1   Chris Arreola TKO 6 (12), 2:02 May 10, 2014   Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC heavyweight title
25 Win 23–1–1   Chris Arreola UD 12 Apr 27, 2013   Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S. Retained WBC Silver heavyweight title
24 Win 22–1–1   Willie Herring UD 8 Apr 14, 2012   Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, U.S.
23 Win 21–1–1   Ray Austin TKO 10 (12), 0:43 Jun 25, 2011   Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S. Won vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title
22 Win 20–1–1   Kertson Manswell TKO 2 (10), 1:52 Feb 29, 2011   Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S. Won vacant WBA Fedelatin, WBC International, and WBC–USNBC heavyweight titles
21 Win 19–1–1   Ramon Hayes KO 1 (8), 2:08 Nov 11, 2010   Corona Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
20 Win 18–1–1   Jerry Butler TKO 7 (8), 1:34 Oct 31, 2009   Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
19 Draw 17–1–1   Charles Davis MD 6 Apr 29, 2009   Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
18 Win 17–1   Robert Hawkins UD 8 Feb 14, 2009   BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
17 Win 16–1   Lyle McDowell KO 1 (8) Dec 20, 2008   Hallenstadion, Zürich, Switzerland
16 Win 15–1   Brad Gregory TKO 1 (8), 2:35 Jul 11, 2008   Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
15 Win 14–1   Jimmy Haynes KO 1 (8), 2:08 Mar 27, 2008   Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
14 Win 13–1   Edward Gutierrez TKO 1 (8), 2:58 Oct 6, 2007   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
13 Loss 12–1   Demetrice King TKO 4 (8), 1:59 Jul 7, 2007   The Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Earl Ladson KO 3 (8), 2:10 Apr 28, 2007   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   John Clark TKO 1 (6), 2:59 Mar 2, 2007   Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, Florence, Indiana, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   Harold Sconiers KO 1 (6), 2:05 Feb 3, 2007   Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   Otis Mills TKO 1 (6), 1:48 Jan 6, 2007   Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Charles Brown KO 2 (6), 2:03 Oct 7, 2006   Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Franklin Lawrence TKO 1 (4), 0:57 Jul 8, 2006   Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Marcus Dear TKO 3 (4), 2:44 Apr 8, 2006   Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   John Turlington TKO 1 (4), 2:23 Jan 7, 2006   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   James Harrison TKO 1 (4), 1:16 Dec 1, 2005   The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Gary Lavender TKO 1 (4), 2:32 Oct 27, 2005   The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Benny Bland TKO 1 (4), 1:02 Sep 9, 2005   The Frosted Mug, Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Roy Matthews TKO 1 (4), 1:26 Jul 29, 2005   The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.


  1. ^ a b Showtime Championship Boxing tale of the tape prior to the Joe Joyce fight.
  2. ^ Anson Wainwright (8 May 2014). "Q&A: Bermane Stiverne". Ring TV.
  3. ^ Fight News editor (12 January 2015). "Stiverne: I represent the country I was born in, Haiti, and then Quebec, but I also love the United States". Archived from the original on 2015-04-11. Retrieved 11 April 2015.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Dan, Rafael (12 May 2014). "Bermane Stiverne drops Arreola". ESPN. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  5. ^ Simmons, Steve (14 May 2014). "Bermane Stiverne is Canada's mystery world boxing champ". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  6. ^ J'adresse mes félicitations au boxeur d'origine haïtienne Bermane Stiverne qui devient le nouveau champion du monde des poids lourds du WBC. on Twitter
  7. ^ Congratulations, Stiverne! First Haitian Heavyweight Champion of the world. #haitianstakingoverboxing #ayisennatifnatale on Twitter
  8. ^ Congrats big dog. @BSTIVERNE keep making us proud. on Twitter
  9. ^ Tonight we made history!! Congrats to my big bro bermanestiverne for becoming the first ever Haitian on Twitter
  10. ^ "Former WBC heavyweight champion diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis". Yahoo! Sports. 20 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Alexander Povetkin ordered to fight Bermane Stiverne for WBC interim". Sky Sports. August 17, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "Bermane Stiverne Fails Drug Test, Positive For Banned Substance - Boxing News". Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  13. ^ "Povetkin's Promoter: We Won't Cancel, Stiverne Fight Still On - Boxing News". Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  14. ^ "Povetkin vs. Stiverne - WBC Withdraws Sanction - Full Ruling!". Boxing Scene. December 17, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  15. ^ "Stiverne is Furious: Povetkin Fight is OFF - I'm Heading Home!". Boxing Scene. December 17, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Joe Joyce stopped Bermane Stiverne in sixth round". Sky Sports. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  18. ^ [1] Archived May 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Teams Up with Boxing Champ Bermane Stiverne in the Fight Against Homelessness". marketwired. 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  20. ^ @MiamiHEAT All day baby on Twitter

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Odlanier Solis
WBA Fedelatin
heavyweight champion

January 29, 2011 – June 2011
Title next held by
Luis Ortiz
WBC International
heavyweight champion

January 29, 2011 – June 25, 2011
Won Silver title
Title next held by
Mariusz Wach
Title last held by
Derric Rossy
WBC–USNBC heavyweight champion
January 29, 2011 – June 25, 2011
Won Silver title
Title next held by
Éric Molina
New title WBC Silver heavyweight champion
June 25, 2011 – May 10, 2014
Won world title
Title next held by
Carlos Takam
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Vitali Klitschko
WBC heavyweight champion
May 10, 2014 – January 17, 2015
Succeeded by
Deontay Wilder