Using a powerful left hook, the 34-year-old Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs) badly bloodied Chris Arreola and earned a unanimous decision triumph over the American on April 27.
Comparatively, the 41-year-old Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs) last exited the squared circle in September with a fourth round TKO victory against “Diamond Boy” Manuel Charr.
Leading the UDAR (Punch) party to a surprising third place finish in the Ukrainian parliamentary election in October, Klitschko hasn’t decided whether to again fight or focus on politics.
A former mayoral candidate who is 15-2 in world title bouts, “Dr. Iron Fist” hasn’t been overcome since Lennox Lewis escaped with an extremely controversial sixth round TKO win in June 2003.
Never floored as a professional and owning the second-highest heavyweight knockout percentage (87.76%), the 6-foot-8, 245 pound Klitschko will ultimately be remembered as one of the greatest prizefighters in history.
Although graying and rusty, Klitschko remains too spectacular for a middling boxer like Stiverne.
Expect Vitali Klitschko to knock Bermane Stiverne onto Queer Street by roughly Labor Day weekend.by