Bermane Stiverne vs Jonathan Guidry Preview January 21st, 2023
Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne of Haiti returns to the ring in a 10-round clash this Saturday, January 21st as he takes on Jonathan Guidry of Dulac, Louisiana in Miami, Florida. The bout is being billed as for the NABA Gold Heavyweight Title, at least by Don King anyway, and can be seen live in the USA and other areas on FITE TV. Stiverne’s last fight saw him get stopped in the 11th round by Trevor Bryan in a shot at the vacant regular WBA Title in January of 2021. Guidry won his NABA Belt the last time out by stopping Dacarree Scott in the seventh round in June.
Stiverne vs Joyce Betting Odds
Here are the betting odds from online sportsbook BetOnline.ag (full review here).
- Bermane Stiverne +450
- Jonathan Guidry -700
Stiverne once held the WBC Heavyweight Title by stopping Chris Arreola in the sixth round in 2014 until Deontay Wilder beat him via unanimous decision in his first defence in 2015 and then of course blasted Stiverne out in the first round of their rematch in 2017. Stiverne’s now 44-years-old but has been mainly inactive over the years with just eight fights since 2012. His ring rust has been quite evident as he’s 1-4 in his last five fights and carries around a record of 25-5-1 with 21 Ko’s.
He may have fought more as he was scheduled to meet Alexander Povetkin of Russia a few years ago, but the fight was called off when Povetkin failed a drug test. Stiverne lost his title in a spirited fight against Wilder but after the bout claimed he was suffering from dehydration. But the rematch left no doubt. Stiverne’s first career loss was a fourth-round stoppage by Demetrice King in July, 2007. He’s lost his last three outings as after being stopped by Wilder he was stopped by Joe Joyce in the sixth round in 2019 and was beaten by Bryan last year.
The native of Haiti reportedly lives in Las Vegas now after fighting out of Canada for a few years. He stands 6-feet-2-inches tall with a 77-inch wingspan and has just 125 rounds under his belt since turning pro in 2005. He’s always had pretty good power as his current knockout ratio reads 67.8 per cent and 21 of his 25 wins have come by stoppage, However, he hasn’t scored a knockout since Arreola in 2014 and he’s been stopped in four of his five defeats. Stiverne has also beaten the likes of Ray Austin and Derric Rossy while his lone draw was a six-round affair with Charles Davis in 2009.
Guidry is 11 years younger than Stiverne at the age of 33 and climbs into the ring with a mark of 18-1-2 with 11 Ko’s. He made his pro debut in 2014 after his amateur career and has fought 88 rounds since. He’s just 5-feet-11-inches tall with a 72-inch reach which means he gives up three inches in height and five inches in reach to Stiverne. Guidry also average power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 52.4 per cent but six of his last seven wins have come by stoppage.
Guidry’s lone pro defeat was dealt to him by the hands of Trevor Bryan via split decision in a shot at the WBA regular Heavyweight Belt in January of last year. His two draws were a four-round affair with Ronald Baca in 2014 in his second pro outing and over six rounds with Keenan Hickmon in 2017. his biggest wins have been against the likes of Keith Thompson, Quincy Palmer, Cory Phelps, Aaron Chavers and Rodney Moore.
Yes, Don King’s still promoting cards at the age of 91 but boxing’s elite prospects are no longer with him. The 44-year-old Stiverne has been inactive and has lost the ability to take a hard shot but he still possesses pretty good power and that means he always a chance. It may be slim but it’s still there. However as long as Guidry doesn’t get careless here, comes in in half-decent shape and doesn’t take this fight too lightly he should come out on top Saturday night even though it’s a small step up in class.
Stiverne’s tank is running pretty low these days and his inactivity won’t help.
Play: Guidry -2200 @ BetOnline.ag
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