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Stiverne proud to be first Haitan heavyweight champ

Photos: Ray Flores / 3MR

Photos: Ray Flores / 3MR

Bermane Stiverne became the first Haitian world heavyweight champion on May 10, 2014 when he stopped Chris Arreola in Los Angeles.

Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs), who has moved around to various parts of both Canada and the United States, is proud of his roots and spoke to the media in preparation of his first title defense this weekend against the undefeated Deontay Wilder.

“I’ve lived here in the United States since 1988. My parents moved to Miami and then back and forth between Miami and Montreal. After school, when I was older, I moved to Las Vegas to pursue my boxing career,” said Stiverne, who is the 11th out of 13 children and the youngest man in his family.

“I represent the country I was born in, Haiti, and then Quebec, but I also love the United States. But, first, I’m from Haiti and I want to give hope to those Haitians who don’t have a lot. I want to inspire people there by letting them know it doesn’t matter where you are born, that dreams can come true like it has for me. There aren’t a lot of opportunities there and I hope Haitians pursue their dreams like I did.”

Manger Camille Estephan chimed in on his fighters roots and the attention his fighters’ first defense is creating.

“I know how proud Bermane is to be the first Haitian and first guy from Quebec to be heavyweight champion of the world,” Stiverne’s manager Camille Estephan added. “It really means the world to him. Quebec is a hotbed for boxing and the heavyweight division is the flagship of boxing. We’ve proven that and silenced those who say boxing is dying. The record number of media credentials request for this fight at an international level is crazy.”

‘Return To Glory’ Stiverne vs. Wilder airs live on Showtime Championship Boxing (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Stiverne-Wilder is also airing live in Canada on TVA Sports.

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