Sakio Bika confirms opponent, Ultimate Fight Night new date

SAKIO Bika has confirmed his latest assignment ahead of his headline slot on the highly anticipated Ultimate Fight Night.

Bika (33-7-3, 22 KOs) will make his second appearance in four months against well-travelled veteran Geard Ajetović (30-16-1, 15 KOs) at Sydney’s famed Star City Casino on October 22nd as he continues his recent resurgence. Bika and Ajetović will collide for the vacant WBC International Silver super middleweight title, previously held by hard-hitting Australian Zac Dunn.

Ajetović, 36, is best known to Australian audiences for a decision loss to Daniel Geale in 2007, where the Serbian unsuccessfully challenged for the IBO middleweight title. In recent times, Ajetović – who is notorious for having never been stopped – has won four of his last six fights, including a win over Polish prospect Michal Gerlecki.

Most notably, he has pushed former world champions Dmitrii Chudinov, Giovanni De Carolis and Harry Simon to credible decision defeats.

In a coup for Australian boxing, event promoter Big Ticket Boxing has signed an exclusive deal with Star City Casino, which will see top flight boxing return to the entertainment capital of Sydney. The Star Boxing Series will host six top flight events per year, showcasing the best talent in professional and amateur boxing.

The stacked card, which pays tribute to recent Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Lewis in its name, was originally scheduled to take place at Sydney’s Olympic Park precinct on October 28th. But with the change of venue, comes a change of date as well. However, the marquee names promised to showcase in this salivating event remain the same.

Underneath Bika’s regional title challenge will be the long discussed clash for the coveted Commonwealth welterweight strap featuring reigning champion Kris George (12-1, 6 KOs), who will make the first defence of his throne against OPBF welterweight ruler Jack Brubaker (13-1-1, 7 KOs). The winner will be seen as the consensus number two welterweight in the country behind WBO welterweight champion, Jeff Horn.

The card also sees the return of Tim Tszyu, who will contest his first title fight as a professional against hard-nosed southpaw Wade Ryan for his WBC Asia Continental bauble. In addition to this, former heavyweight title challenger Lucas Browne will continue his ascension towards a second tilt at a heavyweight championship when he challenges for the vacant OPBF Silver heavyweight title.

Meanwhile, Australian bantamweight champion Bob Trigg will defend his strap for the first time against highly regarded former Olympian Luke Boyd.

Ticketing information for the Johnny Lewis Ultimate Fight Night will be released in the coming weeks.

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