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Recapping All Access: Stiverne vs. Wilder

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“Bomb Squad!!!” An apron-seated Deontay Wilder screams at the intro of the episode, followed by highlights of several of his blood splattering knockout victories with Wilder proudly stating that he is 32-0 with 32 KO’s.

“When you speak about the Heavyweight division, you cannot speak about it without speaking about Deontay Wilder,” says Wilder of himself, and it’s made quite obvious during the lead in to the All Access Episode that the 6’7 230 pound undefeated fighter does not lack confidence heading into this weekend’s fight with Bermane Stiverne.

Screen change to the Mayweather Boxing Club, where Stiverne, a Las Vegas resident, is in preparation for his first title defense as the first Haitian heavyweight champion.

“In his mind, he thinks it’s like a joke or something,” says Stiverne of Wilder.

“I don’t see it like that.”

“This is judgment day for him.”

Tuscaloosa, Alabama is where the hopeful new heavyweight champion of the world hangs his hat, and Wilder is shown starting a day of training, joyfully humming a song, grabbing the warrior tools outsiders of the boxing world would call simply training equipment and hopping into a Lamborghini door tricked Challenger while cruising to a song made especially for him that mentions heavyweight greats Muhammad Ali and Lennox Lewis.

Jay Deas, Wilder’s trainer is shown. Deas explains that Wilder was a late bloomer to the sport at the age of about 20, but within two months of training, his man was already donning head gear and trading leather with professional’s. Team Wilder also brought in former pro Mark Breland to assist in training.

Wilder recalls the first time he sparred against a professional heavyweight, he dropped him like 9th grade French.

The fighter believes himself to be in the right spot at the right time in the sport of boxing, and the Olympic Bronze medal winner seems ready for January 17th.

“I know he’s talking, talking a lot of smack, talking a lot of trash talk,” says a docile Stiverne when the All Access lens is pointed back to him. “Well, trash belongs in the trash.” Stiverne is shown taking in the WBC convention in Las Vegas clad in a gray suit as he explains that he is not much of a trash talker, and explains that boxing is not a rap battle, nor Jeopardy. Stiverne is then shown slapping hands and snapping pictures with former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Stiverne’s two victories over Chris Arreola are recounted, with Stiverne mentioning that in bout II, he motioned for Arreola to go sit down and get some water as a round ended, and it seems like Stiverne doesn’t mind the trash talk as long as he’s in the ring to back it up with his fists.

Wilder then goes all kinds of beast mode with medicine ball training, dead lifting and squatting his way towards January 17, then things got deep as Wilder talks about his daughter, who was born with spina bifida and became his inspiration to throw punches for pay.

Stiverne plays self-chef and throws Ragu together with pasta as Team Wilder is shown in prayer, then song and dance.

Que slow mo’s of road work, shadow boxing and trash talk quotes and were looking at a serious heavyweight fight with heavy implications for both fighters some Saturday night on Showtime.

Final scene: Wilder: “And the new!!!!”

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