Adonis Stevenson defends his WBC light heavyweight title against Sakio Bika in Quebec, Canada on Saturday night looking to become the first man to stop his rival.
Where: Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec, Canada.
When: Saturday April 4, 15:00 (ET)
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The bout will be the main event on the debut of the Premier Boxing Champions series on CBS with Stevenson looking to improve on his 25-1, 21 KO record against a man that is stepping up as a former super-middleweight champion.
Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) hasn’t fought since losing his world title to Anthony Dirrell back in August last year on a unanimous decision, and unfortunately for the ‘Scorpion’ he continued his habit of falling short against the top names in the sport.
While Bika is certainly a durable and experienced opponent, it is more than likely that this will be another routine title defence for Stevenson, although ‘Superman’ will be under pressure to claim a stoppage win over a man who has never been stopped before.
Stevenson is quicker, has a significant reach advantage and is athletic, not to mention his southpaw stance which will cause Bika even more problems as historically he has struggled against them.
While the challenger is still a tough fighter, don’t expect the champion to become involved in an all-out brawl as that will suit his opponent, and so he will use his jab and skill to out-box Bika and potentially break him down before claiming a TKO or KO win.
It is unclear as to how well Bika will take his punches given that he is now 35 years old and is stepping up in weight against one of the most feared punchers in the sport.
The questions over why Stevenson is avoiding a bout with fellow world champion Sergey Kovalev will continue after the fight, but he will have to be focused on the task in hand first and take care of business.