By Paul Upham: Step up. Step up. Is anyone out there willing to fight The Contender
2007 winner and IBO super middleweight boxing world champion Sakio Bika? Right now it seems there is no boxer out there to accept the “Scorpion’s” challenge.
“The other boxers must think I am too tough,” smiled Bika, who gave Joe Calzaghe
a brutal battle in October 2006. “When you are the world champion, you have to fight the best fighters. I am challenging everyone. I even challenged Bernard Hopkins and he doesn’t want to fight me.”
With a physique seemingly carved in stone, Bika proved his excitement value in his thrilling win over Jaidon Codrington to win The Contender
championship in November 2007. He followed that in 2008 with a 1st round knockout of Gustavo Kapusi, before stopping Peter Manfredo Jr in three rounds to win the vacant IBO world title belt on November 13 in Providence, Rhode Island.
“My promoter Jeff Wald has been talking to all of the other promoters about me and no one wants to fight me,” said Bika. “We asked Golden Boy Promotions about a fight with Bernard Hopkins in February. They said they will call us back in two weeks time. I have not heard from them and I think I could be still waiting in twenty years time.”
Right now, 29 year-old Bika 27-3-2 (18) has a clear boxing fight calendar for 2009.
“I’d love to fight for the WBC world title, the winner of the fight between Carl Froch
and Jermain Taylor
,” Bika told SecondsOut. “I have never seen Froch fight before. I am looking forward to seeing how he handles Jermain Taylor
on April 25 in Connecticut. I give Froch credit for being prepared to fight in America. The better fighters are prepared to travel to America to face the best.”
Another wanted fight for Bika is a rematch with current IBF world champion Lucian Bute. The two fought in June 2007 in an IBF eliminator. The Romanian born Canada based boxer winning a twelve round points decision.
“Bute does not want to fight me again,” said Bika. “Bute has to fight No.1 contender Librado Andrade again now and if Andrade beats him, I am happy to fight him instead for the IBF world title.”