Bika: Every time Adonis Stevenson gets caught on the chin, he goes down
By Allan Fox: Former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) will be looking to dethrone WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) this Saturday night on April 4th at the Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Bika is the underdog in the fight, but he feels like he’s got a great chance of scoring a stoppage just by hanging around long enough in the fight to test Stevenson’s chin. Bika figures that he’ll be able to expose Stevenson’s weak chin if he can nail him with a enough shots.
Stevenson was dropped recently Andrzej Fonfara in their fight last year. Stevenson won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision, but he was clearly hurt at one point in the fight. Stevenson was also stopped in the 2nd round of their fight in 2011.
“Every time he gets caught on the chin, he goes down,” Bika said earlier tonight in an interview on Showtime.
Stevenson has the superior power and the better hand speed. However, Bika has never been knocked out in his career before, and he has a way of hanging around to do damage. Stevenson is definitely going to have problems if Bika can crowd him and keep the action in close.
Bika likes to rough up his opponents on the inside, and nail them with big shots. Even Andre Ward struggled with Bika when he tried to fight him on the inside, and it turn out good for Ward. He finally had to move to the outside to escape the punishment that Bika was inflicting upon him.
This will be a huge blow to Stevenson’s career if he loses to Bika, because the World Boxing Council has already set the wheels in motion for a unification match between Stevenson and IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. The WBC has already ordered the Stevenson-Kovalev negotiations to begin despite the fact that Stevenson hasn’t even gotten past the Bika fight.
Bika will be moving up in weight from the super middleweight division to fight at light heavyweight. Bika doesn’t care. He said he just wants to fight the best, and he’s not worried that he’ll be moving up in weight seven pounds. Not long ago, Stevenson moved up from 168 to campaign as a light heavyweight.
Stevenson was kind of forced into the situation because he couldn’t get any big fights at super middleweight after a certain point.
Earlier in Bika’s career he’d fought guys like Joe Calzaghe and Lucian Bute, but as he got older he had no luck in getting guys like Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler to fight him.
Bika feels that he’ll be able to hurt Stevenson with his power shots, and then take him out once he has him hurt. It means that Bika will have to take some big shots in order to get Stevenson into a situation where he can stop him, but he’s ready to do that.
Stevenson will be the home fighter, and that means Bika might need to knock him out for him to have a chance of winning. Some visiting fighters have a hard time winning decisions when fighting Canadian fighters.