Heavy Weight Champ Stiverne Defends Title
Haitian-American Bermane Stiverne has achieved the feat of being the first world heavyweight champion from Haiti.
The Stiverne family moved to Montreal where Bermane trained as an amateur before turning pro. He eventually moved to Las Vegas to continue his boxing career.
Bermane will face opponent Deontay Wilder to defend Berman's title in Las Vegas on January 17th. He says ". . . it doesn't matter where you are born . . . dreams can come true like it has for me."
Deontay Wilder is the new WBC heavyweight world champion after beating Haitian Bermane Stiverne for the heavyweight world championship. He won by scores of 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107 in Las Vegas.
Wilder took control of the first round with solid footwork and effective jabs against his rival. Stiverne, less aggressive, saved his punches till the end of the first round.
Near the match's end Wilder pummeled Stiverne, knocking him to the mat. He recovered connecting with two body blows. Wilder in the fourth round connected with a left hook, winning the WBC.
On January 10, 2015 during a meeting organized by the Pontifical Council in Vatican on the 5th anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Pope Francis took the opportunity to meet the Haitian amputees Soccer Team who lost legs in earthquake
Wilfrid Macena, Mackenson Pierre and Sandy J.L. Louiseme are the names of three athletes from Haiti who lost their legs in the 2010 earthquake. They received prosthetic and rehabilitation care through the "Healing Haiti's Children" under the sponsorship of the Knights of Columbus and the University of Miami-affiliated Project Medishare. Their program has given prosthetic limbs to 1,000 people and over 25,000 people have received other rehabilitation services from them. Some others of the amputees like Pierre, Macena and Louiseme, have also signed as members of a new soccer team composed of amputee athletes from the Haitian capital and the surrounding region. On January 10, 2015, in a conference in Rome was called by Pope Francis, these three soccer players presented him a jersey with the number '5'--- the number indicates the years since the earthquake, and a ball signed by the team members.
Here is a picture of the Haiti-born Canadian Adonis Stevenson as he knocked out Dmitry Sukhotsky in fifth round on December 19, 2014.
He was defending his WBC light-heavyweight title in Quebec City
Adonis Stevenson has done it again; though some may say it was an easy win against the Russian, Dmitry Sukhotsky, who was smaller and obviously a lesser fighter than the polished Haitian-Canadian boxer. The televised fight ended with Stevenson ranking up a 25-1 record with 21 knockouts, as his opponent was taken out with a knockout within the fifth round. The win also means that Stevenson will keep his WBC light-heavyweight title, which he earned after taking down Chad Dawson in 2013.
Super middleweight and sometimes light heavyweight fighter, Haitian born Adonis 'Superman' Stevenson is well known for his knack of doling out knockouts. The 5ft. 11in. boxer, who has been fighting professionally since his debut in 2006, issued his first career TKO to opponent Mike Funk in his professional match debut. Since then, he's added seventeen others to his knockout repertoire. His most recent was given to Chad Lawson, a final blow that won Stevenson the WBC and The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
In Canadian pro boxing, four are Haitian-American. Stevenson, WBC Light Heavyweight champ; Pascal, former WBC Light Heavyweight champ; Jean, IBF Light Welterweight champ, and Stiverne, WBC Heavyweight challenger.
Stevenson is a belter and a knockout machine; Pascal showy and athletic; Jean quick and forceful; Stiverne a heavy, aggressive puncher. Jean spoke about his match with Peterson. Knowing fight fans will heckle him, he claims it will ". . . give me more rage and energy to perform . . ."
Here is a picture of Haitian-American defensive tackle Terrence Fede. In 2014, he was playing for the Miami Dolphins
Haitian-American Miami Dolphins' Players
Fede, who got soon drafted by the Dolphins in last May while arriving from New York, has said his whole family is Haitian. Fede, a seventh-round collect from the tiny Marist College in upstate New York, is not good at speaking Creole but understands the language more than he can speak. The duo feels themselves as a role model for the Haitian community, especially to the Haitian kids who dream to become NFL players in their lives - their achievement is no doubt a big help, and it undoubtedly boosts a lot of kids with self esteem. They two visited Haiti shortly after the 2010 earthquake.
Here is a picture of Haitian-American Louis Delmas who is currently playing for Miami Dolphins as a safety.
The chests of many Haitians in South Florida swell with pride when they speak of the two Haitian players in Dolphins. Louis Delmas and Terrence are two of the at least 20 known NFL players with Haitian roots. On March 10, 2014, Louis Delmas (born 12 April, 1987), has signed a $3.5 million (maximum) one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Terrence Fede (born 19 November, 1991), is the first player ever drafted from Marist because of his sparkling performance with one 40-yard dash time of 4.76 seconds, with a 10-yard split of 1.62. Delmas is happy over his selection to play for Miami Dolphin, because very few Haitians are fortunate enough to succeed in something that they really love to do. The duo has come to the limelight after a breakthrough performance of the Dolphins' 27-13 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday, October 26. Delmas, who only speaks Creole, has expressed his happiness and pride with own Haitian roots and has mentioned the power of Haitian tradition and elegance in sports. He got his name from the place where he was born-- "Delmas", a litter town in Port-au-Prince. He attended Western Michigan University and spent his first five NFL seasons with Detroit.
Henri Françillon was born on May 26, 1946. He was a soccer player who was part of the Haitian team at the World Cup in Germany in 1974. Henri Françillon played as a goalkeeper. He played for the Haitian Victory Sportif Club and was the only player from the team who came from Victory club the other players came mainly from Racing Club, Aigle Noir and Violette Athletic Club.
Here is a picture pf Haitian Hockey Star Anthony Duclair
Hockey is a Canadian pastime, not so much for Haiti. However, one young man, born to Haitian parents, could become the first Haitian-born star in the National Hockey League. Last season alone, the Canadian winger, who is only 19 year-old and stands at 5 feet 11 inches, brought in impressive numbers for the Quebec Ramparts when in 59 games he brought in 50 goals and 49 assists.
Anthony Duclair joins the ranks of others of Haitian descent who are hockey players, such as Haitian-born Claude Vilgrain, however, he has the potential to be the brightest star yet.