This weekend Superman will be in the building as Adonis “Superman” Stevenson will be defending his WBC Light Heavyweight Championship against Sakio Bika in Quebec City, Canada. Stevenson will be trying to concentrate on his opponent while everyone outside the ring will continue to dream of the possible super matchup against Sergey Kovalev in a battle to decide who is really the best light heavyweight fighter in the world?
Adonis Superman has been through a lot in his career. The 37 year old Haitian-born Canadian fighter, who is managed by Al Haymon, is a decorated Canadian amateur boxer, that besides one loss to Darnell Boone, has dominated everyone he has been in the ring with, including Chad Dawson (when he was good). However, it has not been all good for Stevenson as he served a four year jail sentence in Quebec for managing of prostitutes, assault, and making threats back from 1997 to 2001, all before he even turned pro in 2006.
Stevenson now holds a record of 25-1 with 21 KOs. His southpaw stance and devastating power usually gives fits to whomever he steps in the ring with. Some of his best wins include the previously mentioned Dawson, as well as Tony Bellew, Tavoris Cloud, and Andrzej Fonfara. He hopes to continue his dominating style as he gets closer to a possible showdown with Kovalev. Politics aside, it’s the fight that a lot of people have been waiting for. The question is will we ever eventually see it?
Sakio Bika is a 35-year-old solid fighter from Cameroon.
He will be entering the ring with a record of 32-6-3 with 21 KOs. He is coming off two grueling ugly fights with Anthony Dirrell in a rivalry that has included a lot of borderline, and over the line, dirty tactics. Bika’s best wins have come against the likes of Peter Manfredo Jr in 2008 and Sam Soliman in 2007. He has faced tough opponents such as Joe Cazaghe, Lucian Bute, and Andre Ward, but he lost to all of them.
Bika has long been known as the gatekeeper for the Super Middleweight division. He’s known as good enough to beat the pretenders, but not good enough to beat a champion. He has held two world championships, but both were in fights for vacant belts, so he is still yet to beat a current world champion. He is hoping to shock the world and not only beat his 1st champion, but also knock off the boxer considered to be one of the top two of a heavier division than he’s used to fighting in, a division he’s fought only once in since 2009, and that was four years ago against a no name.
I don’t think this will be a pretty fight, meaning it can get ugly as in a KO, but it can also get ugly and Bika has been known to do several dirty tactics with his low blows and head butts. If he doesn’t get disqualified, I don’t see him staying on his feet too long. Stevenson is too big, too strong, and too skilled for Bika to pull this off. I don’t see this fight lasting too long and even though Bika has never been stopped in his career, I feel Stevenson will force the ref to stop this by the 6th round.
With all due respect to Bika, this fight is just a prelude to what everyone wants to see, Adonis Stevenson vs Sergey Kovalev. Can Main Events Promotions get along with Al Haymon enough to get the fight done? That is the biggest question as Haymon has recently, primarily only made fights when both boxers are signed to be under his management. The politics of boxing have blocked too many fights to mention, but a lot of people, including me, never thought you’d see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to agree to a fight, so I guess anything is possible, enjoy the fight.