HBO Beware! Bermane ‘B-Ware’ Stiverne Decks Arreola, Wins Nightmare Decision
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
Ontario, Ca (April 28th, 2013)– In a rescheduled Home Box Office World Boxing Council heavyweight eliminator bout originally scheduled in March, but held at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, on April 27, 2013, Bermane ‘B-Ware’ Stiverne won a 12 round unanimous decision over Cristobal Arreola. No belt was at stake-but a title shot was.
HBO beware! This bout featuring the odds on heavily favored Chris ‘Nightmare’ Arreola became his own nightmare. Stiverne won 10 rounds on one scorecard, and nine rounds on the other two scorecards, and decked Arreola in the third round of their World Boxing Council heavyweight elimination bout, a tidal wave of an upset. Arreola was the number one WBC contender, and Stiverne was the WBC number two contender for WBC World champion Dr. Vitali Klitschko. The top two rating positions should now experience a WBC ratings flip between Arreola and Stiverne.
Arreola had not fought in 14 months due to Bronchitis. Stiverne was inactive for a year as well, having won an eight round decision over Willie Herring in April 2012.
Arreola outboxed Stiverne in the first two rounds for a 20-18 points lead. Using right hand leads and right hand counters from the third round on, Stiverne dropped Arreola with an overhand right to win the third round and take the score to 28-28 even. Stiverne broke Arreola’s nose in the fourth round and blood continued to flow from Arreola’s nose during the remainder of the bout. Arreola lost the fourth through ninth rounds, but did better with power shots in the tenth and eleventh.
Late in round 12, Arreola seemed to be having trouble breathing from his nose, with Stiverne landing body shots. Arreola, having lost the bout on points entering the late rounds as Stiverne was hitting him with right hands to the head and body hooks at will without much countering, needed to slug it out in the final round. Arreola did not have the ability to do so, and lose in front of a hometown Californian crowd a second time, as he did when Tomas Adamek outpointed him over 12 rounds in April 2010 in the very same ring.
The Haitian born Stiverne, 34, who fights out of Las Vegas, is now 23-1-1, 20 knockouts. Arreola, Los Angeles, California, falls to 35-3, 30 knockouts.
Result: Bernabe Stiverne WIn 12 Cristobal Arreola, Heavyweights
World Boxing Council 12 Round Heavyweight Eliminator Bout
Scoring: 117-110, 117-110, 118-109 for Stiverne. Referee: Jack Reiss
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