Joe Calzaghe Opponent Named
Welsh boxing hero to face Cameroonâ€™s Sakio Bika
Joe Calzaghe, his left hand healed, now back in the gym, will return to the ring against Cameroonâ€™s Sakio Bika at Manchester's MEN Arena on October 14.
Promoter Frank Warren has promised the unbeaten Calzaghe a February â€œmega-fightâ€? if he can do to Bika what he did to Jeff Lacy in March.
"I have had a lot of frustration in my career but I plan on making up for it in October and I have the great incentive of what may be a unification fight in February," Calzaghe told The Times of London. "I have been training hard for the last five weeks and have had no problems. I know nothing about Bika but from his record he looks like a tough fighter."
The Australia-based Bika, 27, has only one loss in 23 professional fights. He put up an exceptional showing against the WBC super-middleweight champion Markus Beyer in May before the fight was declared a technical draw after four when the champ suffered a bad cut.
"If Joe comes through we have got a big TV date in February for what will be a mega-fight," Warren said. "Joe has had a lot of injuries but when he is on top of his game I don't think anybody can live with him."
Also on the card will be the WBO cruiserweight title clash between Johnny Nelson and Enzo Maccarinelli. Read more at the BLOG