Sakio Bika will be fighting Anthony Dirrell for a second time on August 16
Aug 14 2014 2:13 AM
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WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, will risk his 168-pound belt in a rematch against unbeaten Anthony “The Dog'' Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs), Bika and Dirrell had their first encounter on December of 2013 a fight that ended in a split decision Draw.

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Radam G says:

This will be a scary fight for A-Tony Dirrell. S-Bika is strong as a bull. Holla!

The Good Doctor says:

Dirrell better pack a lunch on this one. I think he is unquestionably more skilled than Bika. Dirrell also has a lot more tools at his disposal than Bika but to Radam's point above Bika can be a bully. He roughed Ant in their first fight and you could tell Dirrell was uncomfortable.

I heard Bika already talking about a fight with Froch after this romp. I think that is a mistake on his part because I don't think he will walk through Dirrell. I expect an intersting bout and it all depends on who imposes their gameplan earlier and longer. If it becomes a street fight it is Bika's for the taking. If it becomes a technical fight with a lot of movement and boxing, I think I would favor Dirrell.

The ref in this fight could make a difference too. If he lets them rumble, kind of “Smogerish”, that would be a one up for Bika.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=The Good Doctor;61282]Dirrell better pack a lunch on this one. I think he is unquestionably more skilled than Bika. Dirrell also has a lot more tools at his disposal than Bika but to Radam's point above Bika can be a bully. He roughed Ant in their first fight and you could tell Dirrell was uncomfortable.

I heard Bika already talking about a fight with Froch after this romp. I think that is a mistake on his part because I don't think he will walk through Dirrell. I expect an intersting bout and it all depends on who imposes their gameplan earlier and longer. If it becomes a street fight it is Bika's for the taking. If it becomes a technical fight with a lot of movement and boxing, I think I would favor Dirrell.

The ref in this fight could make a difference too. If he lets them rumble, kind of “Smogerish”, that would be a one up for Bika.[/QUOTE]

I agree that Dirrell is more skilled but Bika is very awkward and tenacious.

I see this fight resembling the first fight very closely. Its going to be dirty at times with lots of mauling and some brawling between the two. And there won't be a lot to separate the two again in each round which will probably lead to another very tight decision. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing fight but it will be competitive.

One thing to keep in mind about Bika is that he is not getting any younger and is coming off two very grueling fights last year. The possibility is there that he enters the ring more aged that he did the first time around in December against Dirrell. We won't know until the fight starts but a possibility and obviously if the case then the edge goes to Dirrell.