Bermane Stiverne, 24-1-1, 21 KO’s, weathered an early storm to land a thudding right hand in round six to drop Chris Arreola, 36-4, 31 KO’s. He would get up to his feet badly hurt and Stiverne would pounce, dropping him again. He would get up but another barrage of punches would convince the referee to stop the fight, resulting a new champion and a new viable challenger for the recognized best big man in the game, Wladimir Klitschko.
This was an emotional night for both men. Stiverne sobbed after the victory and proved that he belonged at the top of the division. His power and ability to take hard punches make him a tough customer for any heavyweight and now with the WBC strap around his waist, he can no longer be ignored.
After the fight, Stiverne didn’t want to comment on the next opponent, but both Wlad and Deontay Wilder were mentioned as potentials. Chris Arreola tried very hard to win this fight, but he couldn’t take the punches that were thrown by Stiverne. Not many boxers could.