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Stevenson proves too slick for Bika, cruises to unanimous points win

 
DESPITE putting Sakio Bika on the canvas on four separate occasions, lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson was unable to dent the will of his iron-chinned challenger.

 
Fighting in front of a raucous crowd at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada, Stevenson did not disappoint as he put to bed any fragilities he may have shown in a previous title defence against Andrzej Fonfara last year.

 
The defending WBC light heavyweight titleholder was the faster and more fluid of the pair, often landing at will on a forward walking Bika throughout.

 
With a clear lead in tow well before the championship rounds, Stevenson, 37, appeared to take his foot off the gas, opting to showboat for the closing stages of the fight, which appeared to give the Sydney-based Bika more rounds than he initially appeared to have won.

 
All three judges rendered a clear tally in favour of Stevenson, who was announced the winner by unanimous decision with judge Glen Rick Crocker scoring the fight 115-111, while Don Griffin and Jack Woodburn offered tallies of 116-110 and 115-110 respectively.

 
To the frustration of his corner, lead by head trainer Kevin Cunningham, the former WBC super middleweight champion showed an inability to deal with the left hand of Stevenson, which proved to be a pivotal weapon in the arsenal of the Quebec-based Haitian.

 
A seemingly bad night for Bika, 35, got worse when referee Michael Griffin incorrectly credited Stevenson with a knockdown in the sixth round which on any other night would have been ruled as a slip.

 
A legitimate knockdown followed soon after when Bika tasted the canvas in the ninth round.

 
With the championship rounds fast approaching, Stevenson (now 26-1, 21 KOs) – who had already established a comfortable lead on the scorecards – regularly took time out to taunt.

 
To his credit, Bika (now 32-7-3, 21 KOs) never backed down and managed to earn fleeting success for his efforts as landing his trademark clubbing right hand on a handful of occasions.

 
The Australian’s best moment came in the twelfth and final round when the former Cameroonian Olympic representative threw caution into the wind. Perhaps drawing motivation from Stevenson’s lone career blemish to Darnell Boone in 2010, Bika admirably chased an unlikely knockout win.

 
 
Photo: Getty Images North America

 

 

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