Bermane-StiverneBermane Stiverne (born November 1, 1978 in Plaine-du-Nord, Haiti) is a Haitian-Canadian professional boxer and a former WBC heavyweight champion. His nickname B.ware.  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, as well as bronze in 2003 and 2004. 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.

He turned professional under Don King and knocked out his first twelve 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, as well as the first out of the province of Quebec, to win the WBC world heavyweight championship. He was congratulated via social media by notable Haitian personalities on this accomplishment, including, the former President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, 3 time Grammy award winner, Wyclef Jean, Washington Redskins wide-receiver, Pierre Garcon, and former 2 time world champion boxer, Andre Berto. 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.

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