Recap: Sjekloca vs. Bika

Joe Calzaghe v Sakio Bika

Tonight was another great night of boxing. After all the injuries and big fights cancelled or postponed, finally, boxingheads wordwide were treating to a great night of boxing. The televised undercard for the HBO Broner vs Rees telecast was Sakio Bika vs. Nikola Sjekloca. Honestly, you really had to be a fan of the “sweet science” to really appreciate this fight. The fight may have lacked “explosive” excitement, but it was entertaining to watch.

Sakio Bika is a solid ring veteran and he proved it tonight. For that matter, he proved to be a solid 168 competitor back in November of 2010 when he went the distance against p4p King, Andre Ward. As a fan of the “sweet science” I couldn’t help but love how Bika worked behind his jab. Let’s face it, in this modern era of boxing, the jab is sort of becoming a “thing from the past.” But fighters like Jermell Charlo and Sakio Bika, just the name a few, really know how to show the effectiveness of the jab if used correctly.

Through out the entire fight, Sjekloca ate a buffet of jabs the entire fight. I mean, almost every jab that Bika threw, it landed. To me this was the determinant factor for Sakio Bika’s unanimous decision victory. I, personally, scored the fight 120-108. There were moments where Bika got careless and threw some wild punches and Nikola took advantage and landed some clean shots, but Bika’s condition was impeccable and just walked through those punches. In all honestly, I don’t see how two out of three judges scored the fight 119-109 and 118-112. I really didn’t see Sjekloca do enough to even win one round. Nikola showed a lot of heart and an iron chin, but that was all. It was a Bika shutout!

Now, to my question, If Bika is now a mandatory challenger to Andre Ward, would we see a different result from 2010? I don’t think so. Ward is on another level. Even coming from an injury, I think that if Bika fights Ward again, and comes in throwing wild punches that would but him in awkward angels, I think Ward would capitalize on those mistakes, big time.

Regardless, I think Bika earned and deserves a rematch against Ward, I don’t think the outcome would be different, but I do feel that a second fight would be much more exciting that their first bout back in 2010.

Let me know what you think.

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Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez

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Rodolfo Gutierrez AKA Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez- Born and raised in the mean streets of South Central L.A. Been a boxing fan all of my life. My childhood boxing memories are going with my dad to friends houses to watch Julio Cesar Chavez fight. My boxing knowledge comes from training in several gyms here in LA. I have several sparring round as ring experience. I never competed in the sport of boxing, but I love the sport and respect anyone who has the guts to lace up a pair of gloves. I love it so much that I am looking to one day be a boxing trainer and open my very own gym. Aside from reading, watching, and studying boxing, I love watching soccer matches, listening to all genre of music, playing guitar, teaching young children academics, and what I know of the “sweet science.”

3 thoughts on “Recap: Sjekloca vs. Bika

  • February 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm
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    I walked away from this fight liking Sjekloca more than Bika! Bika should have ended this fight around the 6th round, which by the way is where I thought he most of his power. And by the 8th round he seemed to forget how to throw his jab. He was the better fighter no doubt, but Sjekloca’s heart won me over. The guy has got a chin and conditioning. Now if only he can get some more power behind his punch and actually throw more punches he may become a dangerous fighter.

    All in all I agree, good fight with lots of subtle things going on.

    Now for the biggest gripe, BRONER. WHAT A TOOL! I can’t stand this guy. And why on earth was he fighting Rees. Come on! A 80-1 long shot and for good reason. He was a foot shorter, a day slower and had no chance what so ever. This fight was pointless and proves only one thing. Broner is a douche bag! I heard his next fight will be against the ring girl, ( which by the way is going off at 30-1 according to Vegas!)

    Broner has some talent…….ok a lot of talent. But I will never root for this guy. He is the product of disrespect and is a blight on boxing. But I guess every action movie needs a villain.

    • February 23, 2013 at 5:59 am
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      Lol I am not a fan of Broner myself and in my eyes he showed some flaws against Rees. When he was circling Broner he was winning then he stopped and tought he could trade… Big mistake.

    • February 25, 2013 at 5:45 am
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      First and for most, thanx for reading my article, and sorry for the late reply. As far as your Broner comment, lets just say that he is HBO’s “new best thing,” especially with Floyd signing with Showtime. In my opinion, Broner and Canelo have a lot in common. They really haven’t fought “tough” opposition, except for Broner fighting Ponce de Leon which in my opinon I think ponce won, and they (promotional company and network) have a ton of money invested on them. Boxing is big business, and I bet we will see a lot of Broner from now on.

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