CAROLINA CRISIS: THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU By Michael...
‘Superman’ primed and ready for CBS prime time
‘Superman’ Adonis Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) returns to the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec, Canada to defend his WBC light-heavyweight championship against former 168-pound champion Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs). The bout will headline a Premier Boxing Champions event to be televised live on CBS beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.
“I am excited to be the headliner for first PBC event on CBS,” Stevenson said. “I know Bika will stop at nothing, so the fight will be spectacular and extremely offensive-minded. I predict that Bika will lose by knockout for the first time in his career.”
The 37-year-old Stevenson is cashing in on his well-deserved popularity by fighting frequently on television in meaningful fights. It took Stevenson just 76 seconds to claim the WBC light-heavyweight title from Chad Dawson in June 2013. The performance earned Stevenson both ‘Knockout of the Year’ and ‘Fighter of the Year.’
In less than two years, Stevenson successfully defended his title against Tavoris Cloud, Tony Bellew, Andrzei Fonfara, and Dmitry Sukhotskiy.
Bika will be the most experienced fighter that Stevenson has faced. Bika is a very strong and durable fighter and bring a lot of the table, as the 35-year-old Cameroon native has the power to trade with Stevenson.
In 2000, Bika, now living in Australia, represented Cameroon in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He has fought the very besy fighters that include Joe Calzaghe, Andre Ward, Markus Beyer, and Lucian Bute. Bika is also a reality television series champion. He won ‘The Contender, Season 3’ edition when he blitzed Jaidon Coodrington in 2007.
Bika has spent years fighting at 168 pounds and is prepared to face the challenge of trying to wrestle the WBC 175-pound title away from Stevenson in his native country.
“After all these years fighting at 168 pounds, it was becoming increasingly difficult to make weight and that was a major factor in my defeats,” Bika said. “I see no problem making the jump to light heavyweight to face Stevenson and I do not feel I’ll be at a disadvantage because the champion made this transition successfully himself less than two years ago against Chad Dawson. I promise you that I will be the new champion on April 4.”
In 2013, Bika won the vacant WBC super-middleweight title by defeating Marco Antonio Periban, but lost it in a rematch to Anthony Dirrell, a cancer survivor, in August 2014.
Tickets for Stevenson-Bika are currently on sale. Tickets are available at the Pepsi Coliseum box office in Quebec, by calling (418) 691-7211 or (800) 900-7469, online at www.billetech.com, at GYM (514) 383-0666 and Champion Boxing Club (514) 376-0980. Ticket prices range from $25 to $250 on the floor.