By Jack Price @PriceyJ97.
Ring veteran Sakio Bika reaffirmed himself as a contender in the super-middleweight division last night with a unanimous decision victory over undefeated Russian Nikola Sjekloca on the undercard of Adrien Broner Vs Gavin Rees at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
The 33-year old entered as the favourite but many people believed that the No.1 ranked Sjekloca would be a tough test for him. However, it proved a relatively easy night for the iron-chinned "Scorpion." Bika was always going to be tougher and stronger but he also managed to out-box his younger opponent for the majority of the fight. His jab was affective and it was out-shining the low work rate of Sjekloca.
All three judges were in agreement giving the fight to Bika by scores of 119-109, 118-112 & 120-108. There were a few good spurts from Sjekloca and he proved that he's a tough guy, but there was no doubt that Bika had won this fight.
Bika has now increased his record to 31-5, 21 KO's and looks set to challenge for the WBC title against either Andre Ward (if he returns from injury in time) or Lucian Bute. Bika has lost to both of these guys before, both by unanimous decision, but you get the feeling that he could maybe avenge one of these victories. And that's against Lucian Bute...
Bute seems mentally scarred from his devastating knock out loss to Carl Froch back in May of last year and a tough, hard-hitting guy like Bika could cause him a lot of problems if they meet soon. We'll have to wait and see but we could see Sakio Bika becoming super-middleweight world champion if things go right for him in the coming months.