The rematch between Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne has officially been greenlit by Showtime. The planned Nov. 4th card, which was originally scheduled as Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz, will now feature Stiverne in the main event as Wilder’s mandatory challenger.
In a statement released by a Showtime, Wilder had this to say about his replacement opponent:
"Stiverne asked for it, so he’s going to get it,” Wilder said. “Whatever happens happens. Ask and you shall receive. I’m relieved to be getting my mandatory out of the way. At least now I won’t have to deal with that down the road.
“In the first fight, I broke my hand in the third round, and I still dominated. That was a lot of the reason why it went the distance. This time it’s a different day, different time and different fight. This time it won’t end well for him.
“Despite all of these obstacles that are thrown in my path, it still will not stop me from reaching my ultimate goal, which is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
"Stiverne will pay for Luis Ortiz screwing up,” Wilder concluded.
Meanwhile Stiverne offered these thoughts on getting his mandatory title shot after all:
"I am ready, willing and able to seize back my title from Wilder," Stiverne said. "We all know that Wilder dodged a bullet in the first fight, but not this time. It was my fault, but I learn from my mistakes. On November 4, Wilder will feel my pain."
The Showtime co-feature for this card will be Shawn Porter taking on Adrian Granados in a welterweight contest, along with Sergey Lipinets facing Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title, which will open the three-fight telecast starting at 9pm ET.