Posts Tagged ‘Sakio Bika’


Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok/PBC on CBS

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec — Adonis Stevenson is set to defend his WBC light heavyweight title on Saturday afternoon (April 4) against Sakio Bika. The challenger needed an additional two hours to make weight after coming in at 175.8


BIKA: 174.6

PREDICTION: STEVENSON TKO4. Bika is strong guy whose mauling style is hell for anyone at super middleweight. At light-heavyweight, it’s not going to be effective. As Anthony Dirrell showed in his recent two outings with Sakio, a strong counter-puncher can do considerable damage and drop him. Stevenson is the biggest puncher when it comes to one-shot power in the division. When you also factor in Stevenson’s “77 to “71 reach advantage and Bika’s habit of lunging in (sans a jab), the end result can only be a massive KO for Adonis.




PREDICTION: For a guy with just seven pro fights on his ledger, Beterbiev already has his sights set on Sergey Kovalev. The two have been trading trash-talk through the media. Depending on the outcome, Beterbiev will use his Campillo bout to fuel it even further. Kovalev blasted out Campillo in three rounds back in 2013. But since then, Campillo has scored stoppages in all four of his wins, including a minor upset over Thomas Williams Jr. Unfortunately, Beterbiev is exactly the type of fighter that has proven to be Campillo’s weakness; the power and pressure will be too much. BETERBIEV TKO5




PREDICTION: Joey Hernanadez’s only chance in this one is to make it a rough, inside fight. Julian “J-Rock” Williams is too skilled and polished to let that happen, so expect this TV swing bout to quickly turn into target practice. WILLIAMS TKO6


Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok/PBC on CBS

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA — WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson held his final public workout yesterday at the Place Fleur de Lys mall in Quebec City. The two-hour session was handled by Stevenson’s trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill. Stevenson is viewed as big favorite this Saturday at Pepsi Coliseum when he makes first defense of the year against former super middleweight titlist Sakio Bika, who’ll be making his debut at light-heavyweight.

The fight will air on April 4 on CBS at 3 p.m. ET. The co-main event features Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) against Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs).

Kell Brook vs Shawn Porter

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

CARSON, CA — A 10 year championship wait has ended. Kell Brook’s journey to a world title paid off last fight with a hard-fought majority decision win (117-111, 116-112, 114-114) over Shawn Porter, putting Brook in the discussion for showdowns with all top fighters in the welterweight division. It wasn’t an easy fight (or a particularly aesthetically pleasing one most of the time), but Brook showed to be unflappable under Porter’s constant reckless rushes and haymaker shots. How did Brook do it? Let’s review…


A FAST PACE, BUT NOT ON PORTER’S TERMS: As expected, Porter came out with a frenetic pace, leading to lots of awkward tie-ups and indiscriminate clubbing inside shots from both guys. But, there was a distinct difference between this pace and what Porter did with Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi — Porter wasn’t able to have his way inside. Those aforementioned fighters found themselves being walked backward and bullied. Brook was able at times to walk and push Porter backward, leaving just enough room for Brook to land flush lead jabs and rights hands (one of the latter shots punctuated the end of the first and knocked Porter right into his corner).

A few people on Twitter expressed their displeasure at Brook’s holding whenever Porter got inside, but from my view the holding wasn’t enough to negate Brook’s punch accuracy. And even when they did get off shots in close, Brook’s work was normally better, most notably seen in the seventh when he briefly stunned and stumbled Porter with a deceptive right uppercut.


UK DURABLE: Due to the Carson Jones fights and even Senchenko briefly hurting Brook in his last fight, many thought Special K wouldn’t be able to physically hold up under Porter’s mauling. In the second round, Brook was already cut above the left eye due to an accidental butt. The cut wouldn’t be a factor, and ironically it was Brook who dealt with his cut better — Porter would get one above his right eye in the later rounds that left half his face wearing the crimson mask.

Kell Brook vs Shawn Porter

NO PLAN B: I interviewed both fighters last week. The most telling comment came from Porter, who said Brook was just a basic fighter, an opponent that would be less trouble than Alexander or Malignaggi. The one who ended up looking basic was Porter, who was completely lost once Brook’s clinching nullified his mauling. Anytime there was space between them, Brook made him pay with left jabs and right crosses. And although Porter was never close to going down, Brook’s heavy shots did put him in complete retreat several times during the night.


KHAN UPSTAGED: Remember a few years ago when Amir Khan told Brook that he needs to fight some elite competition before mentioning his name? Well, Brook’s win over Porter surpasses anything Khan as done at welterweight. He made sure to take a little dig at Khan in his post-fight interview, proclaiming himself the best UK fighter at welterweight.

“I’m ready for a mega, mega fight next,”declared Brook.”I’ll take on Keith Thurman or Floyd Mayweather. Amir Khan should get in queue now. I’m the world champion now so they’re all going to want to fight me.”

To his credit, Brook told me personally he likes Thurman’s style and feels they can make a great fight. I agree, and a fight like that would be perfect for turning Brook into a boogeyman for young US fighters. And if Khan does take and get past Robert Guerrero in November, Brook vs. Khan in the UK does great numbers.


DIRRELL NOTCHES WORLD TITLE WIN:  Anthony Dirrell became the first Dirrell brother to win a world title with a clear unanimous decision win over Sakio Bika (114-113, 116-111 and 117-110). No one really has it easy with Bika, but Dirrell at times made it look so with how often he was able to drill the Aussie veteran. It was still an absolutely ugly fight with referee Jack Reiss flat-out telling the guys they were looking like “shit” early with all the grabbing and fouls.

At 35, Bika finally appears to be slowing down. He didn’t have the stamina we usually see in the later rounds. This allowed Dirrell to stay off the ropes and outbox Bika at ring-center.


Shawn Porter

Watch the live stream of today’s weigh-in between IBF titlist Shawn Porter and #1 contender Kell Brook, who do battle Saturday August 16 at the StubHub Center.

The weigh-in also feature the two undercard bouts of Anthony Dirrell vs. Sakio Bika, and Omar Figueroa vs. Daniel Estrada.

If boxing has taught us anything, it’s that you can accomplish a lot in just three minutes. You can turn your life around and win everything, or lose focus for just a split second and become one with misery and despair. These selected rounds provided many of the boxing’s most thrilling moments in 2013 and reminded us why the Sweet Science is the sport where no lead is safe, down to very last second.



Sakio Bika, Marco A. Periban


No one, and I mean NO ONE, has an easy night with Sakio Bika. Just ask then-undefeated Marco Antonio Periban, who took a cut forehead into the final round of this title challenge. Periban went through abolsute hell in taking massive hooks from Bika and landed his own arsenal of shots. As of right now, the entire round (and fight, for that matter), isn’t readily available online. But watch the below clip to get an idea of the brutality.




Kirkland had eaten some hellacious shots in the first and started to warm up to the task in the closing minute and second round. The third round is the one where Kirkland and Tapia where at their peaks of throwing their best with bad intentions. After this career-shortening three minutes, you can start to see the toll it took on Tapia. This stanza just shades the second round.

(16:05 MARK)


Daniel Geale and Darren Barker


Without question, this was the most inspirational rise from a knockdown seen in some time. Barker was dropped hard by a body shot and couldn’t breathe. 99.9% of the time, fighters stay down. But Barker, who dedicated the fight to his daughter and brother (the latter dying a few years earlier in a tragic car accident), shut out the pain and rose to beat the count.

Referee Eddie Cotton yelled “Show me something!” as Barker looked defenseless and almost turned away in submission as Geale hammered him on the ropes. Barker summoned more strength to throw haymakers which shocked and backed off Geale, driving the crowd into a frenzy. Barker’s gallant stand drove him over the second half to pull out a hard-fought split decision




Take your pick from these nine minutes of BeatsBoxingMayhem’s Fight of the Year. Bradley fought on instinct these rounds, relying on his conditioning to see him through the concussive right hands Provodnikov was landing.

(7:28, 23:28 AND 47:30 MARKS)




A young aggressive volume puncher vs. an iron-willed veteran with a strong chin. That recipe brought us the best round of sustained action seen this year. Simply amazing.




Martin Scorsese couldn’t have written a better ending. The round started with one fighter looking to close the show in emphatic fashion. It end with that same fighter desperately trying to fend off finishing blows. A great round with a breath-taking, definitive ending. Make sure to watch Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe’s reactions in the front row.

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Catch the weigh-in for tomorrow’s Showtime Sports/Golden Boy quadruple-header with Paulie Malignaggi facing Zab Judah in the main event of a all-Brooklyn showdown. The weigh-in for the undercard includes three title bouts: Devon Alexander (IBF) defending against Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara defending his interim WBA Super Welterweight belt against Austin Trout ,and Sakio Bika putting his WBC Super Middleweight crown on the line against Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell.

The weigh-in stream opens at 2:45 p.m. ET with fighters hitting the scale promptly at 3 p.m. ET. The card airs Saturday night (December 7) at 8 p.m. ET.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY — Paulie Malignaggi and a host of undercard fighters completed their final media workouts yesterday before this Saturday’s Showtime quadruple-header featuring Paulie’s “Battle for Brooklyn” against Zab Judah. Below are selected photos and quotes recapping the event. The card airs at 8 p.m. ET.

Photo Credits: Tom Casino/Showtime

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I expect the best Zab Judah. [I expect] a Zab Judah who is going to be fighting for his boxing career.  I feel the same way.

If we saw each other in the gym, we would try to knock each other out. There’s no love taps. With this much on the line you can bet we’re both going to have it out on Saturday.

You have to be stubborn to have longevity. One or two losses can quickly demote you to a second level fighter, but you have to have the stubbornness to keep going.

There’s a lot of emotion, but at the end of the day we gotta do what we gotta do to win.

I want that Broner vs. Maidana winner, first things first. I have to get through Saturday night.

A win over Zab Judah is what I want for Christmas. That suffices.

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It’s exciting every time you’re part of a big promotion, it’s not a world championship fight, but it still has that feel and that vibe. On Saturday night it will feel like it’s a championship fight in Barclays Center.

We’re both motivated to win, but when you’re at this level anything can get you motivated for a fight like this.

If you’re not motivated for this, you better check your pulse to make sure you’re alive.


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This time, I’m putting myself in Porter’s shoes, I know what its like to get excited for a world title match. His skills are limited and I’m going to come to fight.

I feel good fighting here [in Brooklyn].  It is  my second time and it definitely feels like home. They’re definitely bringing boxing back to Brooklyn.

I’ve been in camp all this time. I’m back to normal and Saturday night you’ll see it.

You can expect me to win and be explosive. I’m going to be smart and get the win. I know Shawn is hungry.   I was in that position and now I’m in this position.

I’m already there and I’m not losing to anybody.

I’ve been blessed too much to want something for Christmas. I’ll be giving this year.

After this fight we can expect bigger and better things. I’ll be a major player at 147. Whoever steps up to the plate next I’ll fight them too.

Whichever fight is available after this, that’s the one I’m taking.


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There’s a lot of excitement period.  this is the biggest fight of my career. The week is here.

We worked extremely hard this camp working on the mental and physical aspects of this fight.

We pushed hard to beat the champ.

We worked my heart out. We did 18 rounds in the gym.

We’re going to mix it up. I’ve seen a few of his [Alexander’s] fights. He’s going to scrap. He’s been booed but he won’t be booed on Saturday night.  He’ll come ready.

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My training went well and I’m ready to go. Dirrell talks too much.  He’s all talk and no show.

I’m a solid fighter with skills and I’m at the top of my division.

On Saturday night it will be the better boxer, better puncher and more intelligent fighter.

On Saturday night we are going to see who has the bigger heart and bigger balls.

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I feel good and I want to show the people at Barclays Center that I am one of the best.

I want Barclays Center to become my second home.

I feel happy to be back in New York.

It’s going to be a good night for St. Louis. Everything we did there was good.

I’m looking to maintaining my record and win this fight.

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It feels great to fight at Barclays Center. It feels good to be on a big card.

I’m experienced too.  I’ve been doing it twenty years. I just know I’m an athlete I can do it all. That’s my plan, do what I want to do.

I’m going to go in and do what I need to do to win.

This is one of the hardest training camps I’ve had and I’m ready.

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My last fight was here and I want to keep boxing in Brooklyn alive.

I want to become a Barclays Center staple.  It’s always exciting to fight there.

I fought 200 amateur fights and waited for the right opportunity and the right people to get me here.

I felt a little rusty in September fighting an awkward fighter, but I feel back to normal now.

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I’m ready to show my growth from the last fight and put on a show.

I like to have fun and make it look easy. I’m not trying to go eight rounds.

I want to end my year on a good note and progress into 2014.

My training was great, I was on weight a month and a half ago because I never got out of the gym.

[Regarding his opponent Kevin Engel] “He’s tall and a righty. Past fights can be deceiving, but he didn’t look fast. I’m going to use that to my advantage and work my speed.

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Judah vs. Malignaggi is a 12-round fight for the NABF and NABO Welterweight titles taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Super Judah Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T, Grudge Match and Casamigos Tequila. In the co-featured bout, Devon Alexander puts his IBF welterweight title on the line in a 12-round bout against Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara defends his interim WBA Super Welterweight title in a 12-round fight against Austin Trout and Sakio Bika defends his WBC Super Middleweight title against Anthony Dirrell in a 12-round bout.  The SHOWTIME telecast begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m PT immediately following ALL ACCESS: Broner vs. Maidana which begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/ 4:30 p.m. PT. The telecast will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).