TEMPERS FLARE AS WBC CHAMPION SAKIO BIKA
AND CHALLENGER ANTHONY DIRRELL
EXCHANGE HEATED WORDS
AFTER FRIDAY’S WEIGH-IN AT STUBHUB CENTER
Shawn Porter Defends IBF Belt Against Kell Brook in Battle of Unbeaten Welterweights,
Omar Figueroa Jr. Risks WBC Lightweight Title Against Daniel Estrada
Tomorrow/Saturday Live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Deontay Wilder and Jorge LinaresCo-Featured on SHOWTIME EXTREME® (7 p.m. ET/PT)
First Live, Non-Televised Fight is 1:05 p.m. PT; Tickets Still On Sale !!
CARSON, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2014) – WBC Super Middleweight Champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika and undefeated challenger Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell have been heckling and hurling insults at each other ever since their first fight (Dec. 2013) on SHOWTIME ended in a controversial, disputed 12-round split draw.
The war of words continued between Bika and Dirrell during Friday’s weigh-in at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. View the entire Weigh-In via SHO Sports Press Pass Live: http://www.sho.com/sho/sports/press-pass-live/101.
After each boxer made weight (Bika 167.8 pounds, Dirrell 168), posed for photos on the scale and faced-off at center stage, Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs), of Flint, Mich., was interviewed by SHOWTIME’s Brian Custer. Dirrell’s interview came off peacefully but when it was Bika’s turn to speak Dirrell and his team could be heard harassing him unmercifully off camera. A couple of times, an agitated Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, looked down and spoke directly to Dirrell while the heated exchanges continued before he finally returned his full attention to Custer.
There were no punches thrown, but it is obvious that both fighters dislike like each other and that tomorrow can’t come soon enough for either of them.
In other world title fights tomorrow on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, IBF Welterweight World Champion“ShowTime”Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), of Cleveland, Ohio, will defend against fellow unbeaten Kell Brook(32-0, 22 KOs), of Sheffield, England and undefeated Omar “Panterita” FigueroaJr. (23-0-1, 17 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, will put up his WBC Lightweight World Championship against mandatory challenger Daniel“Tremendo” Estrada (32-2-1, 24 KOs), of Mexico City.
Like Bika and Dirrell, the four other SHOWTIME fighters made weight on their first attempts: Porter weighed 146.8 pounds, Brook tipped the scale at 146.4 pounds. Figueroa weighed the division-limit 135 pounds, Estrada 134.6 pounds.
Preceding the SHOWTIME telecast will be two significant fights on SHOWTIME EXTREME® (7 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast): undefeated heavyweight knockout sensation and WBC Continental Americas Champion Deontay “TheBronze Bomber” Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will take on Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs), of Orlando, Fla., in a 10-round scrap and former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño De Oro” Linares (36-3, 23 KOs) will meet IraTerry (26-11, 16 KOs), of Memphis, Tenn., in an eight-round lightweight bout.
Wilder weighed 224 pounds, Gavern 247 pounds; Linares weighed 137 pounds, Terry weighed 132 pounds.
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Full Bout Sheet with weights is attached.
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Porter vs. Brook is a 12-round fight for Porter’s IBF Welterweight World Championship promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. In the co-main event, the WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Sakio Bika defends his belt in a rematch against Anthony Dirrell, and in the televised opener, Omar Figueroa defends his WBC Lightweight World Championship against Daniel Estrada. The event will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and will air on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).