Bermane Stiverne insists Deontay Wilder’s trash talk hasn’t gotten to him ‘What matters is who the better man is’

WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime)

Bermane Stiverne and Don King

By Chris Robinson

It’s officially fight week in Las Vegas, as WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne made his grand arrival to the MGM Grand on Tuesday afternoon.

Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) will defend his title this Saturday night from the casino’s Garden Arena, as he locks horns with #1 ranked contender Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KO’s) in a Showtime Championship Boxing contest.

Stiverne is as calm and collected of a champion as you will find in the sport and despite the big talk that has been coming from Wilder’s side, he refuses to get out of character.

“Not at all,” Stiverne replied when asked if the verbiage coming from Deontay has gotten to him.

“This is a professional sport,” the Haitian-b0rn champion added. “That’s his way of proving himself. That’s his thing. I don’t really care. What matters is who the better man is.”

Stiverne was last asked if he was bothered by the fact that he was the underdog heading into his first title defense.

“Why would it bother me?” Stiverne shot back. “I’m the heavyweight champion of the world.”

*** Check below for the full video and interview of Stiverne’s Las Vegas arrival

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