Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika
By Paul Upham: While many people have praised the announcement of the American Showtime television network’s super middleweight boxing tournament, Sakio Bika is fuming at his omission. The 30 year-old Cameroon born “Scorpion” feels he is once again being ducked by the best boxers at 168lbs.
“What’s going on? I should be in that tournament,” Bika told SecondsOut. “I won The Contender tournament at super middleweight and I hold the IBO super middleweight world title. When you are talking about the best super middleweights in the world, how can you not have me in there?”
Since Bika 27-3-2 (18) knocked out Jaidon Codrington in November 2007 to win the third series of The Contender, there has been a shortage of boxers willing to fight the tank-like fighter. He only fought twice in 2008, defeating Peter Manfredo in his last fight on November 13 to win the IBO title belt.
“I am not very happy about this tournament,” continued Bika. “Why I am not there? I think some people just don’t want me in there. They are all ducking me. They know they are in for a real fight if they get in the ring with me.”
Bika was particularly incensed by the inclusion of former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor.
“Look at Jermain Taylor’s recent record,” he said. “He has lost three of his last four fights. He lost to Kelly Pavlik twice and he was stopped in his last fight by Carl Froch. How can he be in there ahead of me? How can you have the two younger Americans Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward in there ahead of me? They are not rated higher than me.”
The Ring magazine super middleweight ratings see Bika currently at No.5, only behind No.1 Mikkel Kessler, No.2 Lucian Bute, No.3 Carl Froch and No.4 Librado Andrade.
“People have to know why I am not there,” said Bika. “I want to be in the tournament. They are looking for the best super middleweight in the world and I am one of the best super middleweights in the world too.”
On Thursday July 30, Bika returns to action at the Orion Function Centre in Campsie, Sydney headlining the fourth SuperBoxer card on ONE HD