Date: 11th January 2015 at 1:40pm
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The big night is now less than a week away.

This time next week we?ll know if all the excitement surrounding Deontay Wilder is well placed or is simply all hype.

The American heavyweight who has demolished all who have been put before him, with 32 victims tasting the explosive leather he throws, is the favourite to demolish the current WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne.

However, the reigning champion has other ideas and doesn?t appear to be fazed by the prospect of stepping into the same ring as Wilder.

In fact Stiverne?s confidence is such that he?s actually pretty confident he?ll stop Wilder suggesting that he favours fighting tall fighters and with Wilder standing at six feet two inches tall he fits into that category.

Speaking to the media about the forthcoming fight with Wilder, Stiverne has this to say,

?I predict a knockout. This is what I train for.

?It should be a sweet and short night. I say that because it?s a fact. With all due respect, I don?t think he deserves to be fighting for a title or that he?s ready to fight for a title. I think I?m at another level, especially with the history of him fighting the type of fighters he?s fought. I trained like I was fighting the best guy out there. I?m really surprised [at Deontay being the underdog]. He has so much coverage. People are expecting him to knock me out in the 1st round, first minute. If I?m not the underdog then that?s a first. I?m used to being the underdog. Maybe because of the title I?m not an underdog anymore.?

My money firmly remains on a Wilder win, but what are you expecting from what could turn out to be a historic bout?