PBC on CBS: Stevenson defeats Bika; Beterbiev destroys Campillo!
By Jim Dower: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs) totally dominated a lighter looking Sakio Bika (32-7-3, 21 KOs) in winning a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The final judges’ scores were 115-111, 116-110, and 115-110. Stevenson knocked Bika down twice in the fight in dropping him in the 6th and the 9th. The knockdown in the 6th round appeared to be a slip though, but the referee blew the call.
Stevenson was able to nail Bika again and again with huge left hands to the head in the fight. He had Bika really hurt in the 9th round after catching him with a left to the head thrown from point blank range. Somehow Bika was able to make it out of the round.
Bika ralled in the 11th and 12th round, as Stevenson started showing signs of tiring. Bika was able to tag Stevenson with some monstrous shots to the head. However, Stevenson showed a good chin in being able to take them. I think it might have been the weight advantage that helped Stevenson take the shots, because he wasn’t facing a real light heavyweight. Bika looked like a fighter that was giving up a good 10 pounds of weight, possibly 15 pounds. Had this been a hard punching light heavyweight like Beterbiev or Sergey Kovalev, I’m not sure that Stevenson would have been able to take the shots in the 11th and 12th.
As good as #7 WBC contender Artur Beterbiev looked on the undercard, he would have done a much better job against Stevenson than Bika did tonight. Beterbiev’s inside attack may have given Stevenson a ton of problems.
#7 WBC light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) stayed undefeated tonight with a 4th round knockout win over former WBA 175 pound champion Gabriel Campillo (25-7-1, 12 KOs).
The hard hitting Beterbiev caught Campillo with a hard left to the body that hurt him badly. Beterbiev then followed up with a tremendous right hand to the head that badly hurt him. Beterbiev then finished Campillo off with a flurry of shots to the head that put him down for the count.
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