Andre Ward to show off his world class talent against Sakio Bika on November 27th
By Scott Gilfoid: I can’t wait until WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KO’s) gets the chance to showoff his world class talent on Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KO’s) on November 27th in their fight at the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California. Ward, 26, has been a hidden gem for the past six years since turning pro in 2004, and he’s about to show the world how good he is against the 31-year-old Bika in their non-Super Six tournament fight. Right now, Ward is simply the best fighter in the super middleweight division.
This is an alternative fight for Ward in place of his stage 3 Super six tournament fight against Andre Dirrell, who regrettably had to leave the tournament after he was fouled by Arthur Abraham in his last fight in March. Ward received two forfeit points for that fight and was still allowed by Showtime out of the goodness of their hearts to fight an out of tourney fight against Bika on the network. This will be a great chance for Ward to destroy Bika, a fighter that previously gave Joe Calzaghe all he could handle in 2006.
Ward is going to show the difference in talent by making a mess of Bika and likely stopping him inside the distance. Bika is probably good enough to beat both Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham, but he’s got the bad luck of being matched up against Ward. If it were any other fighter in the division other than Ward and Dirrell, Bika would have a great chance of winning. But as it turns out, he’s going to get beaten up in this fight and won’t win a round.
Bika looked great in his last fight against Jean Paul Mendy in July. The only problem is that Bika made the mistake of fouling Mendy after knocking him down in the 1st round. The foul caused Bika to be disqualified because Mendy was badly hurt and couldn’t immediately get up. This is something that Ward needs to be watchful for because Bika has a tendency to start fouling when he’s faced with adversity. Ward is going to be making him look bad at all times with his superior talent and I can see Bika starting to foul to try and get some kind of an advantage. It won’t work for him, because Ward knows how to play this game too, and can make it every rougher than Bika if he chooses to play this kind of game. Ward is stronger and a better inside fighter. If Bika resorts to fouling, Ward is going to literally beat him up like this was a schoolyard fight.