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Our Experts Decide: Adonis Stevenson vs. Sakio Bika

 
THE storied journey of Sakio Bika’s professional career will run another chapter on Sunday morning (AEST).

 
Bika, 35, will look to score the first major upset of 2015 when he faces lineal light heavyweight champion and WBC titleholder Adonis Stevenson, 37, from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada.

 
Aus-Boxing spoke to a group of industry insiders and got their thoughts on who they thought would win the twelve-round world title fight and why.

 
 
Ben Damon, MAIN EVENT – Record: 9-7

 
Bika TKO Stevenson: If Sakio Bika were to win the WBC light heavyweight title, in Canada, against a daunting champion, in the very next fight after losing his WBC super middleweight title, it would challenge as the greatest victory ever by an Australian boxer.

 
Bika had a rare ‘off night’ when losing his belt to Anthony Dirrell, but the Bika of old has the ruggedness, relentless and the straight right hand to beat the southpaw Adonis Stevenson.

 
I believe we’ll see a vintage performance from Bika in Quebec, and a win for the ages.

 
 

Adam Wilcock, Manager/Promoter – Record: 10-6

 
Bika W 12 Stevenson: I’m going for an upset here. Stevenson has side stepped all genuine challengers during his reign, but is now forced into this fight in the new ‘Premier Boxing Champions’ series, which will see many Al Haymon fighters all face each other.

 
Bika is tough, bloody tough and whilst some may argue that he’s limited in the technical skills department, he more than makes up for it in heart, preparation and a sheer will to win.

 
Adonis brings a punch, but that’ll be neutralized by the rock solid chin of Sakio. One Aussie has already ripped Stevenson to pieces, here’s hoping another Australian will do it again.

 
 
Alex McClintock, Journalist for TQBR/Radio National – Record: 1-0

 
Stevenson W 12 Bika: Anyone sleeping on Sakio Bika in this fight is just crazy. He’s never an easy outing, and Adonis Stevenson proved against Andrzej Fonfara that he’s vulnerable.

 
That said, Bika is a longtime super middleweight moving up to light heavyweight. I think he’ll give Stevenson hell, but lose a close (and possibly controversial) decision on the Quebecois’ home turf.

 
 

Phil D. Jay, Editor for World Boxing News – Record: 1-0

 
Stevenson W 12 Bika It’s a bridge too far for Sakio in my eyes, Stevenson is just too big and strong.

 
Stevenson will want to make a statement to Sergey Kovalev and I can see a late TKO or wide points win for the champion. I expected a spirited showing by Bika as usual though.

 
 

Brett Bonetti, Journalist/Hulk Tulk Radio – Record: 0-1

 
Stevenson TKO 7 Bika: Bika has to get off to a good start and needs to be more active than he was in his last fight against Anthony Dirrell. However, I think Stevenson will have too much for Bika.

 
 

Jake Donovan, Editor for BoxingScene.com – Record: 1-0

 
Stevenson TKO Bika: Maybe it’s wishful thinking that Stevenson will want to go above and beyond the call of duty in this one. Bika comes in with nothing to lose and everything to prove. He’s saying all of the right things, but it always comes down to exection.

 
That means the onus will be on Stevenson to either accept the flow of the fight and coast to victory, or fight to make a statement.

 
He’s mentioned late great trainer Emanuel Steward throughout this promotion, so I will go with blind optimism and expect his inner Kronk to burst through and become the first to stop the durable veteran, probably somewhere in or right before the championship rounds.

 
 

Adam Santarossa, Journalist for Newcastle Herald – Record: 1-0

 
Stevenson UD 12 Bika: I have Sakio as the outsider in this fight. I fancied him to get the result last time out over Dirrell but he looked very sluggish.

 
We all know Sakio has heavy hands and but he hasnt got a stoppage for some time and you have to question whether a KO is in his arsenal, as that’s the only way I see him beating Stevenson.

 
The Canadian has shown he can flick the switch and he can also rack up the rounds and I feel he will just have a little too much class for Sakio. He wont take too many risks, but he’ll comfortably get it done.

 
 

Cody Kaye, Journalist for Fox Sports – Record: 1-0

 
Bika KO 10 Stevenson: Fighting WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson would be a huge opportunity for Australia’s Sakio ‘The Scorpion’ Bika any day of the week. But to land a shot at the Canadian immediately after losing his WBC super middleweight title, is truly the stuff of dreams.

 
Bika was nowhere near his best in losing to Anthony Dirrell last August, but I believe a smarter fight prep in which he doesn’t overtrain will ensure he is against Stevenson. Stevenson has been stopped before, and it’s hard to imagine he’s ever felt the kind of power Bika possesses in both hands.

 
If the Aussie can successfully land his straight right hand down the pipe against the southpaw, he wins by knock out.

 
 

Brendan Bourke, Manager/Agent – Record: 11-3

 

Stevenson UD 12 Bika: Another big fight on the world stage for Bika and another massive opportunity. A win here would see Bika fight Kovalev for all the chocolates.

 
However he has first got to get past slick southpaw power puncher Stevenson. My heart says Bika, but brain says Stevenson by decision.

 
 

Sam Labruna, Trainer- Record: 10-3

 
Stevenson MD 12 Bika: This fight stylistically is set up to be a very exciting fight. I have watched these two fighters with great interest and I must say I can’t wait to see it.

 
I believe it will pan out with Stevenson giving Bika some problems early rounds and possible hurting Bika too. But if Bika can get in on Stevenson mid-fight and bring the relentless pressure then we will have a good contest.

 
Stevenson’s chin is suspect but has good power, whereas Bika has a granite chin but he’s not as polished as Stevenson.

 
 

Lincoln Hudson, Trainer – Record: 10-4

 

Stevenson W 12 Bika: What a great fight and opportunity especially with the contrast in styles. This is a fight Stevenson is expected to win and win easily. The biggest problem here is the heavier than normal weight, but I think Sakio will entertain and perform better then expected.

 
The best way for me to answer this, is by saying, that I think whoever settles first will win this fight. If Sakio can settle first and not let Stevenson dominate down the center, he wins. If not, Stevenson wins a hard fight – so against my heart – Stevenson wins this one but in a very tough fight.

 
 

Barry Michael, Promoter – Record: 3-3

 
Stevenson W 12 Bika: This is a very tough ask for Sakio, given that he has to go to Canada and face Stevenson at a weight that is one division higher than he is used to. Stevenson is vulnerable and for that reason I think Bika has a punchers chance.

 
It’s a hard fight to call, but I think Bika pushes Stevenson the distance, but loses on points.

 
 

Nick Walshaw, Journalist for The Daily Telegraph – Record: Debut

 
Stevenson UD 12 Bika: Stevenson via unanimous decision. Sakio Bika has never been stopped – and won’t here. Still, stevenson should prove stronger, for longer, over the distance.

 
 

Mike Altamura, Manager/Advisor – Record: 1-0

 
Stevenson TKO 5 Bika: It’s a massive challenge for Sakio, which I know he’ll embrace and give it everything in his heart. Unfortunately, I think that at this stage of their careers, Stevenson will be faster and sharper.

 
 

Jeff Fenech, Trainer – Record: 1-3

 
Bika W 12 Stevenson: Anyone who gives Bika a chance over twelve rounds is in trouble because he is a very hungry fighter and that’s always dangerous. You can see that the skills are definitely with Stevenson but I would never count Bika out.

 
 

George Reno, Trainer – Record: 9-2

 
Bika W 12 Stevenson: I’m really looking forward to this fight. I think this is a great match up and it’s very hard fight to choose, but I will go out on a limb and go for our Sakio.

 
With his awkward and rough house style of fighting, he can put the hard punching Stevenson off his game. Sakio is always in great shape and even though he is stepping up in weight, I believe he will be very strong.

 
 

Gareth Williams, Trainer – Record: 11-5

 
Stevenson TKO 10 Bika: Bika has shown that he is a great warrior but I see Stevenson being too big and far too dominant for Sakio. Stevenson can box, punch and he can fight too. Unfortunately, I see a late stoppage win for Stevenson.

 
 

Dan Smart, Columnist – Record: 3-0

 
Stevenson W 12 Bika: I’ve been looking forward to this fight since it’s announcement. Sakio has been in with some of the world’s best at 168 pounds and has vast experience in big fights.

 
Stepping up to 175lbs for the first time will present it’s challenges for him, especially against a guy who has knocked out 21 of his 25 opponents. Stevenson likes to keep a fight long using his reach advantage, waiting for the perfect time to get close and get the knockout.

 
He needs to be careful doing this with Sakio as his punches come from all angles and there could be a real chance he could get caught with one.

 
Sakio will look to get close and make it a rugged smothering affair but with Stevenson seemingly getting smarter with every outing, and going off Sakio’s last performance, I have to give the nod to Stevenson.

 
 
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