Calzaghe & Bika MAKE Weight -- What a Novelty!

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (October 13, 2006) -- The wait -- NOT THE WEIGHT! --is nearly over for Tomorrow's world super middleweight championship rumble between undefeated WBO/IBF/The Ring champion JOE CALZAGHE and top-rated contender SAKIO "The Scorpion" BIKA. One week after the WBC lightweight title fight was put in disarray for the third consecutive time when one of the combatants again came in overweight, both Calzaghe and Bika weighed in at the 168-pound limit on arguably the world's unluckiest day.

HBO's "Boxing After Dark" will televise the Calzaghe-Bika super middleweight championship in the U.S. Tomorrow, Saturday, October 14, at 11 P.M. ET/PT.

"Bika's Friday the 13th will be tomorrow when we meet in the ring," said Calzaghe, boxing's longest-reigning champion. Calzaghe (41-0, 31 KOs), from Wales, who will be making world title defense No. 19, has held the title since October 11, 1997, when he upset Chris Eubank to win the WBO title. This will mark the undefeated Calzaghe's debut on HBO and his first fight since his master class victory over previously undefeated IBF/IBO champion Jeff Lacy in March.

"Calzaghe's luck is about to run out. There is no cure for the sting of 'The Scorpion' and I intend to sting him all night long until he succumbs to the venom of my punches," responded Bika (21-1-2, 13 KOs). The former Olympian from Cameroon who now lives in Australia, returns to the ring fresh from a technical draw against WBC champion Markus Beyer.

Article posted on 14.10.2006

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