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Dirrell must avoid brawling with Bika

Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to capture Sakio Bika’s WBC 168 pound title tonight in their rematch at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Dirrell showed the talent to win last time he fought Bika last December, but he played to his strengths by electing to slug it out for the entire fight instead of boxing him the way that his brother Andre Dirrell had wanted him to.

Tonight, Dirrell is going to need to stay 100% focused on hitting and getting out of the way of Bika’s fierce assaults. Dirrell cannot fight the same way by standing in front of Bika hoping he can get the better of him.

Bika showed last time that he’s the better slugger of the two, and more capable of winning those kinds of brawling fight. Dirrell had Bika hurt and on the canvas in the 5th, but he wasn’t able to repeat that in any of the remaining rounds Continue reading

Showtime Tripleheader Preview & Weigh-In Results

Fans, media, fighters and their teams gathered at the StubHub Center in Carson, California this afternoon, as the official weigh-ins for tomorrow’s Showtime Boxing tripleheader took place.

Omar Figueroa 23-0-1 (17KO) vs. Daniel Estrada 32-2-1(24KO)
Lightweight title bout

Figueroa returns to the StubHub Center, where he narrowly escaped with a controversial split decision victory over Jerry Belmontes in April. For Estrada, this is his first bout outside of his native Mexico, and easily the biggest stage he’s ever fought on. Estrada hit the scales first, weighing in at 134.5 pounds; while Figueroa came in right at the lightweight limit of 135 pounds. Continue reading

Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook Official Weights

(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) CARSON, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2014) – WBC Super Middleweight Champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika and undefeated challenger Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell have been heckling and hurling insults at each other ever since their first fight (Dec. 2013) on SHOWTIME ended in a controversial, disputed 12-round split draw.

After each boxer made weight (Bika 167.8 pounds, Dirrell 168), posed for photos on the scale and faced-off at center stage, Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs), of Flint, Mich., was interviewed by SHOWTIME’s Brian Custer. Dirrell’s interview came off peacefully but when it was Bika’s turn to speak Dirrell and his team could be heard harassing him unmercifully off camera. A couple of times, an agitated Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, looked down and spoke directly to Dirrell while the heated exchanges continued before he finally returned his full attention to Custer. Continue reading

Sakio Bika – Anthony Dirrell Final Presser Quotes

SAKIO BIKA, WBC Super Middleweight Champion

“He ran around the first fight and I should have won. It’s nothing new for me to fight in the States and I just have to go there and knock him out so there’s no need for a judges’ decision. “I don’t need to sit here and talk much. He’s doing enough of that for the both of us. We’ll see who’s doing the talking after I get through with him on Saturday night.”

ANTHONY DIRRELL, Undefeated Super Middleweight Contender

“I’m definitely ready to fight. If I wasn’t I sure couldn’t make it happen in two days. I’m basically going to stick to my game plan from the first fight, but with a few tweaks. I want to leave nothing to chance.

“It’s been nine months since our first fight. You can’t call Bika a real champion. I beat him the first time; this time it’s going to be worse. There’s going to be a new champion on Saturday. It’s going to be a helluva fight, but I’m going to burn him. Continue reading

Dirrell: Bika can’t lay a hand on me when I box

(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) #6 WBC Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) plans on taking a page out of the playbook of his defensive-minded brother Andre Dirrell by strictly boxing WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) and not letting him hit him in their rematch this Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Dirrell made it easy for Bika the last time they fought by standing perfectly still in front of him during the fight. Later on in the second half of the action, Dirrell frequently was backed up against the ropes and took a lot of punishing body and head shots.

Andre Dirrell tried to give Anthony advice in between rounds by telling him to stay off the ropes and box Bika in the center of the ring, but Anthony stuck with his game plan of trying to beat Bika by out-slugging him. Continue reading

Bika vs. Dirrell II on August 16th in Carson, California

Australian boxer SAKIO “THE SCORPION” BIKA will defend his WBC super-middleweight title for the second time against undefeated American ANTHONY “THE DOG” DIRRELL, on 16th August 2014 at the StubHub Centre, Carson, California.

Sakio drew with Dirrell in their first world title bout last year, and the Australian has revealed it was fellow world champion Carl Froch’s defeat of George Groves that inspired him to pursue a rematch with Dirrell. Continue reading

“Malignaggi, Rigondeaux, Sturm, Lara, Porter, and Kirkland” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special “Golden Boy versus Top Rank” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

In the opening segment of the program, The Pugilist KOrner team will discuss big victories by Paulie “Magic Man“ Malignaggi over Zab Judah, Felix Sturm over Darren Barker, Guillermo “El Chacal“ Rigondeaux over Joseph Agbeko, Shawn Porter over Devon Alexander, Erislandy Lara over Austin Trout, James Kirkland over Glen Tapia, and the split draw between WBC Super Middleweight title holder Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell. Continue reading

Sakio Bika Draws With Anthony Dirrell: Retains WBC 168 lb Strap

04 Dirrell vs Bika draw IMG_2583Super middleweight warhorse Sakio “The Scorpio” Bika, from Sydney, NSW, Australia, retained his WBC strap with a split draw against Flint, Michigan’s Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday night.

In the opening televised bout from the Barclays Center, Douala, Cameroon born Bika was the much more aggressive fighter throughout the twelve rounds.

In his first defense, thirty four year old Bika, rated 8 at 168 pounds by The Ring, began the fight looking intent on a knockout, recklessly throwing wild over hand rights and was picked off by the five years younger Dirrell, who had a three and a half inch reach advantage.

But Bika never stopped pressuring and from the start did good work to the body which told late in a gruelling match up but the big moments early came from the challenger. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Sugar Hill, Joel Diaz, Lamont Peterson, Jermell Charlo, Gary Russell Sr., and Bruno Escalante

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents Kronk Gym trainer Javan “Sugar“ Hill, Timothy Bradley trainer Joel Diaz, IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson, Junior Welterweight prospect Jermell Charlo, expert trainer and boxing mentor Gary Russell Sr., and Super Flyweight prospect Bruno “Aloha Kid” Escalante on tonight’s two hour episode of “The Pugilist KOrner”.

It’s a privilege to welcome Kronk Gym trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill to the Pugilist KOrner. The hungry young boxing mentor will discuss Adonis Stevenson’s dominant performance over Tony “The Bomber” Bellew on November 30th, as well as the prospect of facing Sergey Kovalev in 2014. “Sugar” Hill will also talk about Anthony Dirrell’s opportunity to fight for the WBC Super Middleweight title, which will take place this Saturday night against incumbent champ Sakio Bika. Continue reading

Anthony Dirrell Ready For Bika on Dec. 7 on SHOWTIME

bika33NEW YORK (Nov. 20, 2013) – Unbeaten Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell, who is no stranger to overcoming adversity, finally gets his crack at a world title when he challenges defending champion Sakio Bika for the WBC Super Middleweight Championship on Saturday, Dec. 7, live on SHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The quadrupleheader, headlined by an all-Brooklyn bout between former world champions Zab “Super’’ Judah and Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, is the first of back-to-back blockbuster events promoted by Golden Boy Promotions live on SHOWTIME. On Saturday, Dec. 14, in another four-fight telecast on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, rising superstar Adrien Broner will defend his WBA Welterweight Championship against dangerous, hard-hitting Marcos Maidana in the main event. Continue reading