WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson was too fast and skilled for the rugged, but clumsy, Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika. Stevenson scored a unanimous decision in Quebec City on Saturday afternoon in the main event of the premier of the Premier Boxing Champions series on CBS.
The scorecards were a little closer than they should have been, but the right man won. Philippe St-Martin of BoxRec Canada has the official numbers:
Throughout the fight, Bika was victimized by his awkward footwork and Stevenson's nasty straight left hand. While he appeared to be heard on several occasions, it's hard to say for sure with Bika because the Cameroonian is often off balance.
In the sixth round, Stevenson was given credit for a knockdown that the replay proved should have been ruled a slip.
However, there was no mistaking whether Bika was hurt in the ninth round. A destructive and short straight-left hand sent Bika to the canvas in a heap. He would rise to his feet and didn't appear to be badly hurt, but the knockdown punctuated a dominating performance by Stevenson.
Superman landed at will and dictated the action. Coming into the fight, Stevenson's chin was seen as a potential weakness. He's been stopped by Darnell Boone and floored by Andrzej Fonfara in his career.
Bika had some moments in the 12th round. He landed a few clubbing right hands, but none of them found the mark squarely enough to truly test Stevenson's questionable chin.
All night long, Bika had no answer for Stevenson's left-hand-dominant attack. ESPN's Dan Rafael picked up on the trend after the fifth round:
Shortly after the fight ended, PBC on CBS analyst Paulie Malignaggi quickly transitioned from his duties of offering color commentary to summarizing Superman's performance on Twitter:
When the fight was over, Stevenson also had to fight through CBS' Brent Stover calling him "Kevin" in the post-fight interview. It was one of those "did he just call him Kevin" moments. I had to rewind to be sure I wasn't hearing things. Sportz Visionz captured the slip.
Surprisingly, Stover didn't ask him about WBA, IBF and WBO 175-pound champion Sergey Kovalev. Many believe Stevenson has been ducking the highly anticipated bout with the powerful Russian.
Despite what his critics say, Stevenson insists he wants to face Kovalev. Per the Los Angeles Daily News, Stevenson said this before the bout with Bika:
“I don’t have any problem with fighting Kovalev. I will fight anybody and now there’s a chance to fight Kovalev. I will let my manager Al Haymon take care of that.”
Fight fans certainly hope Stevenson is true to his word and that Haymon can create the light heavyweight bout that the boxing community wants to see. At this point, it seems to be the only relevant bout to make in the division.
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