Dirrell to show his stuff against Bika
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to show that he belongs at the very top of the super middleweight division on Saturday night when he faces the rough and tumble WBC 168 pound champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) in their second and one would hope their last fight.
They faced each other last December in a fight that was really impossible to pick a winner in. I had Dirrell up by a couple of points, but I could see how the judges might have seen it as a draw.
Dirrell only has himself to blame for the fight turning out to be a tougher one than it should have been. Had he used his boxing skills to dominate Bika, he likely would have won without being touched.
Bika is one of those guys that can only win if you stand directly in front of him and trade with him. He’s not good against guys that move like Andre Ward and Lucian Bute, both of which beat him in the past.
“I thought I fought a good fight the first time, but I can do even better.” Dirrell said. “I can box better and I can stick to the game plan better. He can’t touch me when I box. In fact, he can’t touch me no matter how I fight him.”
The winner of the Bika-Dirrell 2 fight doesn’t really have much to look forward to unfortunately. The big name opponents are either tied up in litigation, as in Ward, or too busy looking for other fights. The winner of the Bika vs. Dirrell 2 fight will be facing the winner of the WBC super middleweight title eliminator match between Christopher Rebrasse and George Groves.
It’s not much of an eliminator, to be honest. Rebrasse has only one scalp on his resume of a fringe level contender, and Groves is coming off of consecutive knockout losses to Carl Froch. There’s definitely not much to look forward to for Dirrell or Bika.
Dirrell has had the advantage of having his brother Andre Dirrell to help him get ready for this fight. Andre obviously has been going over footwork for Anthony to use for the fight in order not to be standing in front of Bika like he did last time.
If Anthony follows the tips that Andre has given him, then it’s going to be difficult to see Bika winning rounds in this fight. He won’t be able to get his shots off and he’ll end up getting picked apart by Dirrell.