Adonis Stevenson Vs Sakio Bika – Preview and Prediction

Stevenson-Bika

Adonis Stevenson defends his WBC world light heavyweight title against former super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika, Bika will be making his debut at 175 pounds.

Chad Dawson, Adonis Stevenson,

THE STORY ON – ADONIS STEVENSON

Stevenson is the lineal champion at 175, however most will know Sergey Kovalev is the man in this division you need to beat and holds claim for being the best light heavyweight in the world right now.

Stevenson has been accused of avoiding a unification clash with Kovalev, a jump from HBO to Showtime now sees the fight everyone wants to see as unlikely to happen any time soon.

Stevenson however is a worthy champion, he has some good wins on his record including a stunning 1st round knockout of Chad Dawson to win the title, he is an athletic southpaw, quick, with devastating power.

Stevenson certainly has the skills and power to become the first man to stop the tough, rugged Sakio Bika this weekend.

Sakio Bika

THE STORY ON – SAKIO BIKA

Bika has a reputation for giving top elite champions good fights, but falling just short of the required criteria, however he did manage to win a world title in 2013 when he beat Marco Antonio Periban for the WBC vacant super middleweight title. A title in which he lost to Anthony Dirrell last year.

Bika is an awkward customer, he is more a brawler then a boxer, he had plenty of pop as a super middleweight but at light heavyweight it remains to be seen how powerful an impact his punches will have on bigger men.

I actually believe the move to 175 may suit Bika, and he could be a strong 175 pounder, he already has a reputation of being a rugged, tough teak, physically strong fighter, and despite him coming in initially 0.8 pounds over the limit at the weigh in, he made weight within two hours and looked in good shape.

People are giving Bika no chance this weekend, however I am not going to write him off if he can drag Stevenson into his type of fight and take him into the later rounds I think he can cause Stevenson problems.

THE STATISTICS

 

PREDICTION

If Stevenson uses all his advantages this weekend he could win this comfortably, he has the superior skill set, speed and power, if he uses his jab and quick movement he should win a clear unanimous decision.

He could possibly stop Bika but Bika is an extremely tough out and I think he may have to go 12 hard rounds with him, in that sense I favour a decision win for Stevenson as the more likely outcome, but with Stevenson’s power you really can’t rule out the possibility of him being the first to stop Bika.

One of my more controversial picks this in the sense I think there is value in Bika this weekend, and I am not writing him off completely, I think he will be strong at 175 and I believe Stevenson’s punch resistance and stamina is still up for debate.

On that note 10/1 on Bika is good to straddle.

Ladbrokes have 13/5 for Stevenson to win by unanimous decision I think that is a good price, but remember it has to be unanimous, a majority or split decision then then bet is a loss.

BETTING TIPS

£20 on Stevenson by unanimous decision 13/5 Ladbrokes, £5 on Sakio Bika to win 10/1 Ladbrokes.