Bika vs. Sjekloca
Adrien Broner stopped Gavin Rees in the fifth round to retain his World Boxing Council lightweight world crown. Brpner improved to 26-0 with his 22nd stoppage inside the distance.
On the undercard, Sakio Bika domiated Nikola Sjekloca to win a unanimous decision to become the mandatory challenger for unbeaten WBC super-middleweight champion Andre Ward.
Sakio Bika won by judges’ scores of 118-112, 119-109 and 120-108, he improved his record to 31-5 with two draws. Continue reading
Adrien Broner 134 – Gavin Rees 134.5
Sakio Bika 167.5 – Nikola Sjekloca 167.5
Demetrius Hopkins 152.5 – Charles Whittaker 154
Vicente Escobedo 129.5 – Edner Cherry 129.5
Rau’shee Warren 116.5 – Ricardo Hernandez 115.5 Continue reading
HBO heads to the Jersey shore for a doubleheader of ring action headlined by a lightweight championship showdown when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ADRIEN BRONER VS. GAVIN REES AND NIKOLA SJEKLOCA VS. SAKIO BIKA is seen SATURDAY, FEB. 16 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, exclusively on HBO. Jim Lampley will be joined on the telecast by Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. Harold Lederman is the unofficial scorer. In addition, former veteran boxing judge Steve Weisfeld, who judged professional bouts around the world the past 22 years, will serve as the rules expert on the telecast, handling any rules interpretation or clarification that may arise. The telecast will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. Continue reading
ATLANTIC CITY, February 13 – After a broken thumb forced Johnathon Banks to withdraw from his February 16 rematch with Seth Mitchell, Golden Boy Promotions has announced that a pivotal 12-round WBC super middleweight title eliminator between unbeaten number one rated contender Nikola Sjekloca and number two rated contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika will move into the HBO World Championship Boxing co-main event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey before Adrien Broner defends his world title against Gavin Rees. Continue reading
by Dan Emicus:
How did you get into boxing?
I started boxing when I was 13 years old. I hurt my knee when I was playing soccer and swapped over to boxing. I went to a boxing Academy in Cameroon and the winners were getting prizes. I started winning, I started getting prizes and haven’t stopped since!
You were born in Cameroon, yet relocated to Australia by the time you embarked on your professional career. Was this due to boxing not being as popular in Cameroon, or is there more to it than that?
Boxing is popular in Cameroon, but only in the amateur system. Not professional boxing. The Government looks after the amateur program very well. From equipment and money to spend, through to the prizes I mentioned. When it’s time to turn professional there is nothing though, no opportunities. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) could be facing the winner of the February 16th clash between Sakio Bika and Nikola Sjekloca. Those two fighters will be fighting for the interim WBC super middleweight title at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
There’s talk that the World Boxing Council will elevate the current WBC 168 pound champion Andre Ward to the WBC Emeritus status and then free up his WBC World super middleweight title for the Bika-Sjekloca winner to claim it. Bute then reportedly could be fighting the winner of that fight by spring this year, according to RDS.ca.
It would be really helpful for the 32-year-old Bute to pick up the WBC title because it would put him in a better position during negotiations for a rematch with IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch later on this year. Bute’s bargaining position would be a lot better if he’s a title holder than just a challenger without a belt. Continue reading