Stevenson-Bika Preview

By Robert Ecksel on April 2, 2015
Stevenson-Bika Preview
Bika, who is moving up in weight, doesn't only come to fight. He also comes to maul.

Flattening opponents is Superman’s calling card. Bika has never been kayoed, but there’s a first time for everything…

In anticipation of Saturday’s fight on CBS between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs), from Laval, Quebec, Canada, by way of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs), from Sydney, Australia, by way of Douala, Cameroon, at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada, the two fighters recently met with the press via teleconference call.

Stevenson vs. Bika is notable for a few reasons. The first is that it’s likely to be a good fight. The second is that it is on CBS, in the afternoon no less. The third is that it’s another indication that Al Haymon continues to go where no man had gone in a long time, and that vision, despite evidence to the contrary, has apparently not gone out of style.

No conversation with Adonis Stevenson would be complete without bringing up his WBA/IBF/WBO counterpart, Sergey Kovalev, the man he has been accused, rightly or wrongly, of ducking.

Stevenson has heard it before and will no doubt hear it again, neither of which makes it relevant at the moment.

“I know they have so much talking about that,” said Stevenson, “but I don’t think about Kovalev now. I think about Bika. I’m very focused on Bika now, because Bika is in my face now. I don’t see anybody. I don’t see anybody in my face now. It’s Bika. And I don’t underestimate him, and I’m very prepared for him. I will be ready for him April 4th. I’m very focused on this guy. Sakio Bika is a tough opponent and he’s very awkward. Bika is wild and has shown he come—you know, he just keeps coming. I love this kind of stuff because he’s large and keep pressuring. And so, it shows if you make a mistake like that then it will be a knockout very soon in the fight.”

Bika is wild. He also keeps on coming, like Stevenson said. But he’s a strong, determined, rugged veteran. And Bika, who is moving up in weight, doesn’t only come to fight. He also comes to maul.

“I didn’t come here to Canada just to walk and look around,” he said. “I came here to take this belt back home and I’m very confident I’m going to do that. I feel it was a new challenge to go up and try to fight the big bull. When you see my regimen, nobody ever wants to fight me. It was always a little bit difficult because people don’t want to fight me. For me it’s a big challenge because Adonis is a great champion and I want to become the world champion in life. I’m very sure I can handle him. And come April 4, because I have a good preparation, a great sparring partner, I just looking for you to see how I can handle the big bull. Adonis is the first one for me at this weight, but I just feel confident, I feel positive. I’m ready to go there and show the people in the world I can beat Adonis Stevenson.”

Flattening opponents is Superman’s calling card. Bika has never been kayoed, but there’s a first time for everything.

“I’m a knockout artist,” Stevenson said. “I can do a lot in the ring, but first and foremost I’m a knockout artist. I’m looking for the KO because I’m from the Kronk Gym. My mentor Emanuel Steward always told me that as soon as I enter the ring the knockout is what sells. When I get in the ring, I’ll definitely be going for the knockout this Saturday on CBS.”

In the belief that Kovalev needed to be addressed again, someone asked Stevenson why he was unimpressed by Kovalev’s recent performance against Jean Pascal, even though he explained that earlier at length.

“I’m not impressed by it because this is the first big fight Pascal had since Bernard and he fights one time a year before Bernard Hopkins. So in four years he fights one time. That’s why I’m not impressed, because Pascal is not an active boxer like he used to be back in the day. But Pascal doesn’t matter now because we’re talking about Bika. Of course I’m ready to fight a title. But I let my team, Al Haymon, care about that.”

Adonis Stevenson vs. Sakio Bika will be televised live on CBS this Saturday, April 4, at 3:00 PM ET/Noon PT.

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  1. bk don 06:22am, 04/03/2015

    I’m no a fan of this fight. I don’t care for Bika. He’s had a nice run, but his style is at times unwatchable and at his best he’s only mildly entertaining. Plus, he’s a career 168-pounder who’s only moving up b/c he’s an older fighter who can no longer make weight. He never possessed much power at super middleweight and I doubt he will at light heavyweight. Stevenson can talk all he wants about Kovalev but it means little when he’s fighting the Bikas of the world.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:04pm, 04/02/2015

    If Bika would keep his eyes open when he’s swinging he just might hit something.

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