Sakio Bika likes his chances against Adonis Stevenson
By Allan Fox: After a disappointing loss to Anthony Dirrell last year in August 2014, former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (36-6-3, 21 KOs) likes his chances of beating 37-year-old WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) on Aril 4th at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Bika has obviously been picked out by Stevenson’s management because they believe that Stevenson can bet the aggressive Bika. However, Bika has the punching power and fighting style to potentially give Stevenson a great deal of problems if he can get inside on him and keep the fight in close where Stevenson isn’t as skilled.
“I am happy and confident I will defeat Adonis Stevenson for the WBC light heavyweight title on April 4 in Canada,” Bika said via Fightnews.com. “I will be WBC champion on April 4. I want to thank my manager Al Haymon for this great opportunity!”
Bika really needs a solid win right now to bring his career back after suffering a defeat at the hands of Dirrell. A win over Stevenson would be a huge positive for his career.
It would ensure that he gets a rematch with Stevenson, because that will probably be the only way that he gets a second shot at Stevenson. But more importantly, a victory over Stevenson will bring new life to Bika’s career at least for a short period of time.
At light heavyweight, Bika has the kind of talent that will prolong his career as long as he can pick up a title from Stevenson or WBA champion Jurgen Braehmer. That’s a winnable fight for Bika as well if he could get it. But for him to get to someone like Braehmer, he’s going to need to take the strap from Stevenson.
Stevenson and Bika are both about the same size, so, so it’s not as if Bika will be oversized by Stevenson. The areas where Bika will have problems is with Stevenson’s superior hand speed and power.
Stevenson is a lot faster than Bika, and that’s something Bika is going to have to figure out how to deal with if he wants to win the fight. Bika has the kind of punching power that could give Stevenson a great deal of problems in this fight if he can get close to him enough o land on a consistent basis. We saw Stevenson get knocked out by Darnell Boone in the past.
Since beating Chad Dawson to capture the WBC light heavyweight title, Stevenson has wins over Tony Bellew, Tavoris Cloud, Andrzei Fonfara, and Dimitry Sukhotsky.