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The former Haitian heavyweight champion of the world Stiverne Bermane (25-2-1, 21 knockouts) is set to fight Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37knockouts) for the WBC on 4 November almost 2 years since losing it to the American and media favorite in January 2015 by unanimous decision. The Haitian fighter wants to crash the party that is being prepared in the U.K. for the potential clash between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua and claim his belt back.

Saturday, 14 October 2017 11:15

Lubin goes for world title

The young Haitian fighter will challenge the unbeaten and current champion Jemell Charlo (29-0, 14 knockouts). The fight will take place tonight at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York and live on Showtime. 

Stiverne Bermane will have a second shot at Deontay Wilder who routed the former heavyweight champion in a lopsided fight in 2015. The fight is scheduled to take place at Barclays Center, Brooklyn on 4 November this year for Wilder's WBC world heavyweight title.

Watch Duckens Nazon's golazo against Japan.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 20:05

A look at the new faces of the national team

After a shock elimination from the Gold Cup qualifiers, Haiti calls up 7 new and young players from abroad to face Japan in a friendly on 10 October. The new faces are Jean Ambrose, Jems Geffrard, Bryan Alceus, Zachary Herivaux, Renald Metelus, Jimmy Sannon, and Richelor Sprangers. What do we know about those players and do they all deserve to join the national team? We  look at each player background and performance at club level to determine whether a player receives the call on merit or not. Because all 7 players are under 25, we do not pretend that a player we deem undeserving of the call-up is unqualified for future selection. We understand that some players do improve the quality of their game as they become older.

For the 10 October friendly versus Japan, the newly-appointed and controversial coach Marc Collat published a list of players that left little doubt that he is intended to bring back a team that is totally independent from Haitian football. The list contained 14 foreign-born players, mostly from France, and just 1 representative of the local league. Fortunately some of those players, probably aware of the true reason they have been called up, decide to recuse themselves citing various excuses which has forced the coach and his bosses at the federation haitienne de football (FHF) to turn to some other players. The new additions, so far Haitian-Canadian Jimmy Sanon and Haiti-born Mardochee Pompe, certainly make the list looks more like a national team.

If you expect Haiti's friendly versus Japan on 10 October to showcase Haitian football in the Far East and give some local players the opportunity to walk away with a contract in a region with virtually no Haitian presence you need to stop dreaming right now. Players in Haiti are left out and replaced in most cases by less talented and older ones from abroad. About 7 new players who were not a member of the foreign-based only team that failed to qualify for the gold cup will travel to Japon but neither has a connection with Haitian football. Just one player currently living in Haiti is on the selectee list but everyone knows he has zero chance of actually receiving a minute of play.

Ovince Saint-Preux has recorded another impressive win by Von Flue choke when he forced his opponent Yushin Okami in a light heavyweight bout in Japan on 22 September 2017. The Haitian fighter is known in the martial arts world as a specialist of this rare submission technique.

It has been erroneously reported on many local and social media that Donald Guerrier 6-0 defeat with Azerbaijani club Qarabag FK versus Chelsea FC is a milestone in Haitian football. Unfortunately, the former America des Cayes player has been preceded by many other players who hailed from Haiti.

If you were expecting Victoria Duval to be the torch bearer for Haiti at the US Open you may get a bit disappointed since our beloved Vicky did not make the cut. Instead, it is the rising star Naomi Osaka who registers the name Haiti in the sport sections covering the prestigious tournament.

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