Stiverne Defeats Arreola by TKO For WBC Title
LOS ANGELES, CA –
There is a new heavyweight champion, and his last name isn’t Klitschko…
Saturday night at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles, Bermane “BWare” Stiverne defeated number two contender Chris Arreola by 6th round knockout to become the new WBC heavyweight champion. A repeat of their 2013 rematch where Stiverne was the declared the victor by unanimous decision.
From the opening bell, Arreola stepped into the aggressor’s role walking down Stiverne and attempting to cut off the ring. While Arreola threw punches, they seem to have little effect on Stiverne. At the conclusion of the round, Stiverne spoon fed the first taste of his power by rocking him at the close of the round with a big right hook that Arreola visibly shook.
Over the course of the next two rounds, Arreola became the busier fighter throwing combinations that kept Stiverne bay. While Stiverne settled into a more relaxed pace, Arreola continued to walk his opponent down, and launch combinations that appeared to keep Stiverne pinned against the ropes.
Round five symbolized the re-ignition of Stiverne’s assault. Using superior hand speed, Stiverne fired off big right hooks that leveled the playing field with the busier Arreola. Like a lion laying in the bush, Stiverne waited patiently as Arreola pressed the action forward and met him with a lightening quick right hook. A power blow that left Arreola reaching for the canvas. Managing to escape the count, Arreola rose to his feet only to be battered to the canvas again for good. With that, Stiverne finds his hand raised in victory by TKO.
In the event’s co-main feature bout, Amir Imam defeated Yordenis Ugas by unanimous decision with judges final scores 79-73 78-74, 78-74.
Ugas looked to control action by taking the fight forward in the early rounds but found himself met with Imam’s more precise punching. While Ugas managed to find an intermittant home for the straight right hand, Imam continued to pepper away and connect. In the end, the judges called it for Imam.
The night’s non-broadcast bouts
Continuing the night’s action, heavyweight Razcan Cojanu defeating Rodricka Ray by TKO in round 5.
Too bad it wasn’t broadcast. In what could easily be a KO of the year candidate, Caleb Plant demolished Travis Davidson with a right hook at the 47 second mark of round 1.
Making his return to the ring after a nearly 2 year absence, cruiserweight (and NBC Sports Commentator) B.J. Flores defeated Adam Collins by KO at the 1:58 second mark of round 1. Dropping Collins with a left hook, Flores impressed with his return.