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
A Humble Boxing Fan