Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder, Date To Be Determined
This WBC heavyweight title bout is key for many reasons.
Stiverne-Wilder will answer the question of whether either fighter is “for real.” WBC titlist Stiverne has a resume that includes two victories over Chris Arreola, but not much else. Wilder, meanwhile, has an even thinner resume, with high water mark victories coming against Siarhei Liakhovich and Malik Scott. Both have legitimate one-punch power, though, and that makes this fight potentially explosive.
The winner will move on to a series of big fights as the Americas’ answer to the real heavyweight title lineage. An ultimate unification bout with IBF/WBA/WBO champ, Wladimir Klitschko could deliver a serious eight-figure payday to either fighter by the end of 2015.