Ward-Bika: Can Sakio rough up the ‘Son of God’ up enough to win
Photo Rich Hundley/Showtime: By Peter Wells: Saying the Super Middleweight Super Six tourney was a let down that would be an understatement. With 3 drop outs in Jermain Taylor, Mikkel Kessler and Andre Dirrell. Allan Green who was the first replacement failed to do anything getting a one-sided beating from Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) before being knocked out by Kessler’s replacement Glen Johnson. Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KO’s) was the final – and hopefully the final – replacement for Andre Dirrell and has the uphill task of beating Andre Ward.
Andre may already be through but he’s unbeaten and losing is the last thing a fighter wants to do. Bika isn’t short of top opposition but has been on the wrong end of decisions the majority of the time. In his latest fight he lost via first round disqualification after knocking out Jean Paul Mendy when he was down. Bika was destroying him up to that point which shows he has power but reckless power.
Bika is a hard man to look good against, he manages to bore fights and one may feel after Andre’s lacklustre fight with Allan Green it may be a dull fight. Ward is in no doubt a talented fight though and is really out of Sakio’s league.
Both fighters will be happy to maul up close and cuts may cause the fight to end prematurely but whether or not they do it will be a clear decision to Andre Ward who will go through as the only fighter to win all 3 of his group stage fights.