Bika says he’s going to show Ward his power
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight contender Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KO’s) intends on making the most of his opportunity against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California.
Although Bika has tried and failed in the past losing to Joe Calzaghe in 2006, Bika still feels confident that he can beat Ward in this non-Super Six tournament bout.
In a conference call today, Bika said “I’m looking forward to showing Andre Ward my power.”
Bika does have good power. He won the Contender 3 tournament in 2007, stopping the hard hitting Jaidon Codrington in the 8th round in the final. And recently, Bika had Jean Paul Mendy down in the 1st round, but was disqualified for hitting Mendy while he was on the canvas.
Bika sometimes is his own worst enemy when it comes to fouling. He’s going to have to keep control over his emotions against Ward otherwise he’s going to lose points and get out-boxed.
Ward had this to say today: “I’m just as desperate as any opponent I’m fighting. I take this game very, very seriously. Having a championship and defending it means the world to me. I’m sure Sakio thinks this is a huge opportunity for him but this is a huge opportunity for Andre Ward as well.”
Ward doesn’t care that this is a non-Super Six tourney fight. He just wants to make sure that he holds onto his WBA title and moves back into the tournament competition with his belt still in his possession.
You have to go with Ward to win this fight, because Bika doesn’t have the hand speed nor the boxing skills to compete with Ward. Bika’s best chance is to try and land something big and hope that he can get Ward out of there. If not, this is going to be a long night for Bika, and he’s going to lose by a lopsided decision. I see this as a fairly easy win for Ward.