Sakio Bika

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Sakio Bika
Statistics
Real nameSakio Bika
Nickname(s)The Scorpion
Rated atSuper Middleweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach71"
NationalityCameroon
Australia
Born(1979-04-18) 18 April 1979 (age 35)
Douala, Cameroon
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights40
Wins32
Wins by KO21
Losses5
Draws3
No contests0
 
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Sakio Bika
Statistics
Real nameSakio Bika
Nickname(s)The Scorpion
Rated atSuper Middleweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach71"
NationalityCameroon
Australia
Born(1979-04-18) 18 April 1979 (age 35)
Douala, Cameroon
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights40
Wins32
Wins by KO21
Losses5
Draws3
No contests0

Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika (born 18 April 1979, in Douala, Cameroon), is an African-Australian professional boxer in the super middleweight (168lb) division. He is the current WBC & former IBO super middleweight champion, third series The Contender champion.

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur, Bika was a member of the 2000 Cameroonian Olympic Team as a Light middleweight. He lost to Scott MacIntosh of Canada. Bika did not capture a Gold Medal but he did find a new city, since the 2000 Olympics Bika fights out of Sydney, Australia.

Professional career[edit]

Sakio took the opportunity to fight the German champion Marcus Beyer for the WBC Super Middleweight world title in Germany in May 2005. After an accidental head clash in round 4 the doctor ruled Beyer unable to continue. Under WBC rules the bout was declared a technical draw. Sakio was awarded all 4 rounds on one judges score card, and the stoppage was considered controversial.[1]

Bika On 14 October 2006 Bika challenged Joe Calzaghe at the MEN Arena in Manchester for the IBF and WBO titles. He was defeated unanimously by a wide margin.

Bika's then fought undefeated Lucian Bute at the Bell Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada. Bute won by unanimous decision in a fight that was an IBF super middleweight title eliminator.

Sakio obtained his Australian citizenship in 2006.[2] Whilst, he bases himself in Sydney, Australia; Sakio - is very content and proud of dual citizenship status and his status as an African Australian specifically a Cameroonian Australian.[3]

He was one of the featured boxers on the 3rd season of the boxing reality TV series, The Contender, which premiered 4 September 2007 on ESPN. After wins against Donny McCrary and in a rematch with Sam Soliman (the only fighter to defeat Bika other than Calzaghe and Bute), Bika earned a place in the final against Jaidon Codrington at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston on 6 November.

On Tuesday, 6 November 2007, Bika knocked out Jaidon Codrington in the championship bout to win The Contender. The fight was wild, with both fighters being knocked down in the first round. In the end, Bika stopped Codrington in the eighth round by referee stoppage (TKO). Bika walked away with $750,000 in prize money.

After the Codrington fight, Bika returned to the ring in Australia with a first round KO of Argentinian Gustavo Javier Kapusi. Bika won the fight right at the end of the round with a body shot.

Bika returned to the ring on 13 November 2008, in a fight with former season one contestant Peter Manfredo Jr at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Bika won by TKO in round 3. With the win, Bika became the International Boxing Organization super middleweight champion.

Bika fought Jean Paul Mendy on 31 July in Las Vegas, for an IBF #1 spot and a shot at the title. Bika lost the fight by disqualification in the 1st round after he hit Mendy following a knockdown and while Mendy was still on his knees.[4]

After the Mendy fight Bika was given a shot at unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, A voluntary defence by Ward after he defeated Allan Green. Bika used a fast pace a threw a total of 612 punches (400 of which were power shots) landing 201, however this was not enough to ruffle the champion who used defence and counter punching to land clean and effecive blows throughout. Winning on all three scorecards Ward took a dominant decision with scores of 120-108, 118-110, 118-110. Handing Bika his fifth loss.

On 2 June of 2012, on the undercard of Antonio Tarver vs Lateef Kayode, Bika fought Dyah Davis, the son of Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis. Bika dominated the fight, stopping Davis in round 10 to win the NABF and WBO inter-continental super middleweight titles.

He defeated Nikola Sjekloca via unanimous decision in a WBC Eliminator.

In 22 June of 2013, on the undercard of Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi, Bika defeated Marco Antonio Peribán via 12-round majority decision to win the vacant WBC super middleweight title.

Bika had his first defense of the WBC super middleweight on the 7 December 2013 undercard of Paulie Malignaggi vs. Zab Judah. He retained his title after earning a split draw against Anthony Dirrell.

Professional boxing record (incomplete)[edit]

32 Wins (21 knockouts, 11 decisions), 5 Losses(0 knockouts, 4 decisions, 1 disqualification) 3 Draws
Res.OpponentTypeRdDateLocationNotes
DrawUnited States Anthony DirrellSD12 (12)2013-12-07New York Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, United StatesRetained WBC Super Middleweight Title.
WinMexico Marco Antonio PeribanMD12 (12)2013-06-22New York Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, United StatesWon vacant WBC Super Middleweight Title.
WinMontenegro Nikola SjekloćaUD12 (12)2013-02-16New Jersey Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWBC final eliminator.
WinUnited States Dyah DavisTKO10 (8)2012-06-02California Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United StatesWon the NABF and WBO Inter-continental Super Middleweight Titles.
WinMexico Alfredo ContrerasRTD3 (8)2011-12-03California Honda Center, Anaheim, California, United States
LossUnited States Andre WardUD12 (12)2010-11-27California Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, United StatesWBA Super Middleweight World Title on the line.
LossFrance Jean Paul MendyDQ1 (12)2010-07-31Nevada Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesIBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator. Bika DQ'd for hitting Mendy while he was down.
WinArgentina Nestor Fabian CasanovaKO1 (8)2009-07-30New South Wales Orion Function Centre, Campsie, New South Wales, Australia
WinUnited States Peter Manfredo Jr.TKO3 (12)2008-11-13Rhode Island Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United StatesVacant IBO Super Middleweight Title.
WinArgentina Gustavo Javier KapusiUD12 (12)2008-04-11New South Wales Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club, Cronulla, New South Wales, AustraliaVacant IBF Pan Pacific Super Middleweight Title.
WinUnited States Jaidon CodringtonTKO8 (10)2007-11-06Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesFinals of the TV show "The Contender".
WinAustralia Sam SolimanUD8 (8)2007-10-30California Contender Arena, Los Angeles, California, United StatesSemi-Finals of the TV show "The Contender".
WinUnited States Donny McCraryUD5 (5)2007-10-02California Contender Arena, Los Angeles, California, United StatesPart of the TV show "The Contender".
LossRomania Lucian ButeUD12 (12)2007-06-15Quebec Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaIBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator.
LossUnited Kingdom Joe CalzagheUD12 (12)2006-10-14England MEN Arena, Manchester, EnglandIBF and WBO Super Middleweight Title fight.

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Grady Brewer
The Contender Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Troy Ross
Vacant
Title last held by
Fulgencio Zúñiga
IBO Super Middleweight Champion
13 November 2008 – 2010
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Isaac Chilemba
Vacant
Title last held by
Andre Ward
WBC Super Middleweight Champion
22 June 2013 – present
Incumbent

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