Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika
By Paul Upham: USA The Contender series three champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika sent out an ominous warning to Australian rival Anthony Mundine and the entire super middleweight division with a brutal 1st round knockout win over Nestor Casanova on Thursday night at the Orion Centre in Campsie, NSW. Bika’s win headlined a card by Fidel Tukel’s The Empire group, televised live around Australia on ONE HD.
“Can you please call Anthony Mundine and ask if he wants to fight me,” said Bika. “I have challenged him many times. If you are the Man, come and challenge me. Try to say you are the Man and come to fight me.”
The taller 34 year-old Argentine Nestor Casanova 22-15 (9) was simply no match for the power of the “Scorpion” Bika. Casanova hit the canvas from the first right hand that Bika landed in the opening seconds of the round. While he beat the count, Casanova was rocked by another right hand shortly after and was almost sent flying through the ring ropes on his way to the canvas. He made no attempt to regain his feet as the referee completed his ten count.
“Too much class,” said Bika. “I always try to challenge the best fighters in the world. I am the best super middleweight in the world. I want to prove I am the better fighter, but I need the chance to face the best. I trained very hard. I want to show people in Australia that I am a better fighter. I have been disappointed that I have not fought since last November.”
30 year-old Bika 28-3-2 (19), who currently holds the IBO super middleweight world title, has the body armour of a tank and will be a tough battle for any fighter in the world at 168lbs.
“There was a lot of turbulence in the ring tonight with Sakio’s right hand,” observed world champion trainer Johnny Lewis, commentating on the match.
In the main support bout, Solomon Egberime retained his Australian junior welterweight title with a dominant ten round points victory over Bobby Antonakos.
It was a battle of jabs in round 1, as both men tried to assert their authority with their lead hand. Antonakos was fighting on the move as times, as Egberime tried to pressure his way forward.
Egberime’s pace was taking its toll, but Antonakos was at his best in round 6 and picked up an extra point in the final seconds from a low Egberime left hook below the belt.
The champion’s compact defence and punch output was troubling Antonakos, but both men gave it all in a bruising final round. The challenger was gallant in defeat, but it was all Egberime on the night.
Judges scored the fight unanimously for Egberime 97-92, 99-92 and 99-91.
“I feel so great tonight,” said Egberime. “Thank you guys for putting me on your show. I thank God for the victory. I’d love to do business with you guys.”
“No excuses. Full credit to Solomon,” said Antonakos. “He is the Australian champ. I thank him. I got knocked down with the flu two days ago, others might have pulled out, but you don’t get a chance at the Australian title every day. Solomon offered me a rematch at any time and I will keep that in mind.”
24 year-old Nigerian King Davidson 10-0 (6) continued his impressive winning ways with a 2nd round TKO win over the overmatched Aswin Cabuy from Indonesia at super middleweight. Cabuy was dropped in round 2 by a short left hook to the jaw and was unwilling to continue.
“I have worked very hard for this fight,” aid Davidson. “I have worked with Johnny Lewis in the gym. He says, ‘King, keep the pressure going.’”
Unknown Shane McConville 2-0-4 (0) from Chinchilla, Queensland almost sprung one of the Australian upsets of the year when he drew over six rounds with Sydney star Zac Awad at super middleweight.
After 28 year-old Awad 12-0-1 (6) started strongly in round 1, 24 year-old McConville took the fight to his much better known opponent in rounds 2 and 3, the taller boxer landing a number of hard punches to Awad’s head. In round 4, Awad rallied and dug to the body of McConville. Both boxers were desperate going into the final round, resulting in some entertaining exchanges.
One judge scored the fight 59-56 for McConville, the second judge scored it 58-57 for Awad, while the third judge carded a draw 58-58.
McConville shook his head upon the announcement of the official decision.
“A bit disappointed, four draws now,” he said. “I thought I should have come away with the win. I think I outboxed him.”
Awad felt he won the fight and offered McConville a rematch.
“It was a tough fight,” he admitted. “I thought I won because I landed the cleaner shots. He is a good fighter and I will rematch him anytime. Next time I will stop him.”
Date: Thursday July 30, 2009
Venue: Orion Centre, Campsie, Sydney, NSW
Sakio Bika w.ko.1 Nestor Casanova - super middleweight
Solomon Egberime w.ud.10 Bobby Antonakos
Australian junior welterweight title
King Davidson w.tko.2 Aswin Cabuy - middleweight
Zac Awad d.6 Shane McConville - super middleweight
George Xerras w.4 Paz Viejo - super middleweight
Marlon Toby w.4 Fred Nagi - light heavyweight