Dynamite southpaw and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson defends his world title against the tough veteran campaigner Sakio ‘The Scorpion’ Bika on home soil at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada, on Saturday 4th April.
Bika, a Cameroon born Australian, is as strong as an ox and will need every ounce of his bullish strength in order to stand up to the power of Stevenson who is very heavy handed at light heavyweight. Despite Bika being naturally strong he has operated at super-middleweight for almost his entire career and has stepped a weight division for this chance at becoming a two weight world champion.
He seems confident that he will have no problems with the step up as he was struggling to make the super-middleweight 168lbs limit at 35-years of age. He may have six losses on his fight record but the fact that he has never been knocked out is testament to his solid chin and innate toughness. Sakio comes into this fight off the back of losing his WBC super-middleweight title to Anthony Dirrell in California and judging from there-fight build up looks hungry.
Call it fighting instinct or call it fighting dirty, Bika has rarely if ever been hesitant to physically impose himself during a fight and at times his aggression has overstepped the referees mark and he has been penalised for underhand tactics. It will be interesting to see if he maintains his usual physical approach as he takes on a very big hitting light heavyweight or whether he boxes with a bit more caution. It seems likely that he will stick to what he knows best which could make for a entertaining scrap for the fans.
WBO and IBF champion Sergey Kovalev is steaming through the light heavyweight division and looked good again last time out knocking out another former super-middleweight in the shape of Jean Pascal in eight rounds. The Russian ‘Krusher’ is stealing much of Stevenson’s limelight and is largely considered the number one fighter in the division.
However, Adonis has a great opportunity to make a statement to the Russian and boxing public against Bika but only a knockout win will be suffice to impress. However, Bika is not traditionally a fighter that is easy to look good against, just ask Joe Calzaghe who beat him back in 2006 or Anthony Dirrell who needed a second bite at the cherry in order to take a points win.
The Haitian born Canadian has won 21 of his 25 fights by way of stoppage victory and although many doubt he is the best in the division they can’t doubt his explosive power. Jean Pascal was similar to Bika in the fact that he was very strong and durable at Super middleweight and had his spells of success but ultimately Kovalev was just to strong for him and it showed as the fight progressed into the deep rounds. This match-up could well pan out in a very similar way to that fight. Bika looks to be too experienced and tough to get blasted out quickly but come the Championship rounds could be tested.