Ward vs. Bika: Andre to give Abraham and Froch a glimpse of what’s in store for them in the future
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KO’s) will be giving Super Six tournament fighters Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham a brief glimpse of what’s in store for them in the future when Ward takes on super middleweight contender Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KO’s) in a non-Super Six tournament fight on November 27th at the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California.
Now that Andre Dirrell is out of the Super Six tournament after being fouled by Abraham, it’s up to Ward to carry on with the momentum that Dirrell had going when he departed from the tournament. Ward is plenty good enough to dominate both Abraham and Froch on the same night if it were needed. That’s how good Ward is.
But first things first. Ward will be defending his World Boxing Association title against Bika, 31, in front of what will likely be a huge pro-Ward crowd at the Oracle Arena. Having the fans on his side is a big plus, but not as much as people think it is. I have total confidence in Ward being able to beat Froch or Abraham in their home countries in front of overwhelmingly anti-Ward fans.
Bika is a slugger for the most part, but he also likes to play it rough by wrestling and fouling on the inside. That kind of style works well on some fighters, but not with Ward. He knows all the tricks, because he sometimes plays it rough himself in the ring, except he mixes in much more speed and talent than Bika.
I wish I could be a fly on the wall when Froch and Abraham see how easily Ward beats Bika. Those guys are going to be in shock when they see how easily Ward beats Bika. This is going to be a big wake-up call for Froch and Abraham.