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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
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