Bermane Stiverne halts Arreola to claim WBC title
Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) stopped Chris Arreola (36-4, 31 KO’s) in the 6th round on Saturday night to capture the vacant WBC heavyweight title at the USC Galen Center, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Stiverne beat Arreola on points a year ago but this time finished the job inside the distance to succeed the retired Vitali Klitschko as the owner of the belt.
Arreola was dropped twice in the 6th and was taking further punishment when referee Jack Reiss stepped in to stop the fight.
Home town favourite Arreola was sent to the canvas for the first time by a right hand and although he managed to beat the count, he never fully recovered.
"I studied and studied. I watched my opponent. I knew I could knock him out,” Stiverne said.
“I was patient. The plan was to let him get comfortable, and has soon as he gets real comfortable, then crack him. And that's what I did."
Arreola said: "He has a tremendous right hand, that's exactly what it was. I felt like I was winning the fight. He just got me with the same right hand. I couldn't get away from it, and after that, it's all she wrote."
“I’m not out. I got to make a couple of changes," “No more cerveza. I got to live a clean life.”
Stiverne becomes the first fighter of Haitian descent to win the heavyweight title and break the monopoly the Klitschkos held over the division. Vitali’s brother Wladimir still holds the other three versions of the world title.
With this win, Stiverne will either be facing the WBC mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) or Klitschko in a unification fight.