(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.
There were no punches thrown, but it is obvious that both fighters dislike like each other and that tomorrow can’t come soon enough for either of them.
In other world title fights tomorrow on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, IBF Welterweight World Champion “ShowTime” Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), of Cleveland, Ohio, will defend against fellow unbeaten Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs), of Sheffield, England and undefeated Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (23-0-1, 17 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, will put up his WBC Lightweight World Championship against mandatory challenger Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (32-2-1, 24 KOs), of Mexico City.
Like Bika and Dirrell, the four other SHOWTIME fighters made weight on their first attempts: Porter weighed 146.8 pounds, Brook tipped the scale at 146.4 pounds. Figueroa weighed the division-limit 135 pounds, Estrada 134.6 pounds.
Preceding the SHOWTIME telecast will be two significant fights on SHOWTIME EXTREME® (7 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast): undefeated heavyweight knockout sensation and WBC Continental Americas Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will take on Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs), of Orlando, Fla., in a 10-round scrap and former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño De Oro” Linares (36-3, 23 KOs) will meet Ira Terry (26-11, 16 KOs), of Memphis, Tenn., in an eight-round lightweight bout.
Wilder weighed 224 pounds, Gavern 247 pounds; Linares weighed 137 pounds, Terry weighed 132 pounds.
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