The legendary promoter is back in the limelight after Stverne’s KO win
The first fight in the history of the on campus arena at the school which owns the ‘Fight On’ moniker, took about six minutes to heat up, but it was clear after the first round that there was going to be a rumble with two heavies in a rematch that don’t like each other.
After an uneventful open round that Bermane Stiverne took the best Chris Arreola had to offer without going down, Stiverne heated up the stiff jab in the sixth round and caught then a looming game changing over hand right that sent the Mexican from Riverside sprawling to the canvas.
A game Arreola wobbled to his feet, but it was just a matter of time before the nightmare became a reality for him. Stiverne pounced and delivered the closing shots to give legendary promoter Don King the WBC heavyweight championship and thrust him right back into the thick of the sport that made him famous.
Now, with the heavyweight champ in tow, one who lives in America and is Black from Haiti, King can now begin flex his muscles again and his champ can ignite that for him.
While many of the local boxing fans came to the USC Galen center to watch the WBC Heavyweight Championship showdown, the unblemished rising star on the card was Amir Iman making his debut at 140 pounds.
Iman, fighting out of Florida and by way of Albany New York, improved to 12-0, with an impressive veteran like unanimous decision over rugged Cuban Olympian Yordnis Ugas.
Promoted by legendary icon Don King, Iman was precision accurate, rifling jabs and busting Yordis up with rocket right hands with regularly.
The 23-year old is the most polished young fighter that King has had since International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Felix Trinidad.
The bout was his first outside of four rounds (an 8 round attraction), but chances are he will be a terror at 140 and potential champion at 147 down the road.