By Paul Upham: USA The Contender series champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika makes a welcome return to the ring when he faces Argentine Nestor Casanova at super middleweight. The fourth Superboxer series promotion, presented by Fidel Tukel’s The Empire group, will be held tonight, Thursday July 30 at the Orion Centre in Campsie, NSW.
30 year-old Bika 27-3-2 (18), who holds the IBO super middleweight world title, has been pushing for a fight with Anthony Mundine and will be looking to impress.
“I have this opportunity to show my talents on Superboxer,” said Bika. “Anthony Mundine has been avoiding me for too long and this is the chance for the Australian public to see the punching power and excitement I bring to the ring.”
Also on the card, new Australian junior welterweight champion Solomon Egberime will be defending his belt against Bobby Antonakos.
The event will be televised live around Australia on Network Ten’s 24 hour free-to-air sports channel ONE HD.
The Channel 10 television program will be hosted by ONE commentator Greg Rust and renowned boxing trainer Johnny Lewis, along with commentators Matthew Brooks, Paul Kent and Daryl Beattie.
Date: Thursday July 30, 2009
Venue: Orion Centre, Campsie, Sydney, NSW
Live on Channel 10 ONE HD
Sakio Bika vs. Nestor Casanova, 8rds – super middleweight
Solomon Egberime vs. Bobby Antonakos, 10rds
Australian junior welterweight title
Zac Awad vs. Shane McConville, 6rds - super middleweight
King Davidson vs. Aswin Cabuy, 8rds - middleweight
George Xerras vs. Marlon Toby, 4rds - super middleweight