Vitali Klitschko's Next Fight: Don King Wants to Do Rumble in the Jungle II With Bermane Stiverne

Don King wants to promote Vitali Klitschko vs Bermane Stiverne in Africa. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Here's one from left field: Corey Erdman reports at The RING that Don King is interested in doing a fight in Africa pitting WBC heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko against Bermane Stiverne.

"Mr. King wants to do Rumble in the Jungle II," said [Stiverne manager Camille] Estephan of the plans expressed to him by King, who promotes Stiverne. "He wanted to know whether Bermane would be ready. The Klitschkos, we have a lot of respect for them, but we want to fight them to beat them, we don't want to fight them for a paycheck."

Stiverne (21-1, 20 KO) has built up a record feasting on inferior competition, and on June 25 this year got a bizarre WBC eliminator fight in St. Louis with Ray Austin, which HBO chose to air. That turned out to be a mistake, as Stiverne vs Austin may well have been the worst HBO-televised fight of the year, with Stiverne, 33, almost refusing to let his hands go until stopping Austin in the 10th round. In short, Stiverne hardly distinguished himself as an interesting opponent for Vitali.

As for a fight in Africa, well... Don King says a lot of things now, but he doesn't promote very many shows and something like this would probably be out of his reach. And even the thought of considering Klitschko vs Stiverne a sequel to Ali vs Foreman is pretty absurd.

And anyway, Klitschko seems more focused on landing a March fight with David Haye. It's bigger money, more notable, and even though Haye is essentially at rock bottom right now in terms of reputation, still a much, much better fight than Stiverne.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker