Adonis Stevenson & Sakio Bika Conference Call Spoiled By Media Arrogance

The verdict may not fully be decided but the jury isn’t likely to stay out much longer in regard to the overall success and crossover appeal of “Premier Boxing Champions” as it moves into its second month of exposure on American television. Next weekend, a new telecast of the boxing program will be shown live on CBS (3PM ET / 12PM PT) from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada as WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (25-1, 21 KO’s) faces Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KO’s). The Haitian born Stevenson, who now fights out of Montreal and goes by the moniker of “Superman” is clearly an amiable and pleasantly cheerful individual who usually conducts his walk to the ring accompanied by a big smile. It’s a refreshing sight for many, however the newest criticism which has been leveled at one of Montreal’s most endeared residents is a valid one that simply won’t make way for the present.

For whatever reason and it’s likely one of which none of us are completely sure, Adonis has thus far taken the less popular fork in the pugilistic road and elected not to fight the one man who many feel is the true and legitimate champion of the division, the unbeaten Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. It remains to be seen as to whether or not a unification battle between Stevenson and Kovalev is indeed on the immediate horizon.

Such was a sentiment that Adonis Stevenson was eager to put to bed when he and Bika took part in an international media conference call on Wednesday afternooon. “I know there’s so much talk about that fight, but I’m focused on Bika”, said “Superman.”

“He’s in my face and I can only think about that person. I’ll be ready for him April 4. I know there’s so many people talking about the other fights, but I’m just focused on this guy.”

After such an honest, clear and concise answer, one would possibly be led to think that any similar queries would be quashed in the dirt, at least for now. Slam the brakes, because many, but not all of the media members who chose to ask away after the media call had opened with that exact question chose to effectively parrot it incessantly to the point of aggravation from the Bika camp. The mood hardly changed and many questions almost seemed intended to make Sakio Bika feel like nothing less than a proverbial doormat. The fifteen year professional originally from Cameroon elaborated on this when he commented, “I’ve been in this business for a long time. I don’t need to say too much. I’ll just ask for everyone to be prepared. Just watch. This is not about a fight with Kovalev. People think I’m coming into this to get knocked out.”

On and on the call went, sometimes in English and at other times in French. Just a few sought information on anything less than a Stevenson vs Kovalev mega bout. It’s neither professional nor civil to name the temporarily oblivious fight scribblers who are the guilty parties. No one’s throwing anyone under the bus here, but the most memorable part of the call was yet to come. Bika’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham eventually chimed in over the phone conference and declared, “You guys have done it for me. This is getting my fighter fired up. This call has been about Stevenson fighting Kovalev. I don’t know why Sakio is even on the call because everyone keeps asking about Kovalev versus Stevenson.”

Eventually, Stevenson simply chimed in and said, “After Bika, we can fight Kovalev and unify the titles in the division.” He seemed delighted to share his talents via the television airways not only on a national stage, but one which would be showcased on free TV as well. Still, amidst the few requests of Stevenson and even fewer of Bika that didn’t involve a Kovalev bout, the interrogation continued. Finally, Cunningham had clearly heard enough.

His final comments ended up as the last ones of the call on Wednesday. “What the (expletive) are we even doing here?” exclaimed Bika’s trainer. “Why are we here? This call is over for us.” The moderator of the call signaled that the call was at an end. One would be led to wonder if that would have been a sufficient warning had the call continued. It didn’t seem likely.

There are times when even someone like Floyd Mayweather, Jr. may actually have a point when he clarifies his opinions about various members of the media who have never actually laced up a pair of boxing gloves. Maybe some of them need to take a deep breath and look at their chosen profession, whether it’s truly one or just a hobby and ask themselves if they consider the press as a given or a gift.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

There will be media like this. The old skool way of ignoring the buttholes will work fine. Otherwise they will go willy-nilly with in-your-face arrogance. But in the end, life rolls that way. The good suffers with the bad. Holla!


-deepwater2 :

Good for the media that wouldn't accept this farce of a defense. Bika did not win his last two fights and has never fought at lt heavy. How does he qualify for a shot at the belt? Bika is a rugged fighter who seems like a decent chap but he has lost 6 and drew 3, he has lost every time he stepped up at the top level. Who has he beat at light heavy to get a shot at the belt? AD was supposed to fight SK but backed out of the contract and went to Showtime. AD did not fight Hopkins ,pascal, or SK and he is fighting a man that hasn't fought at this weight. The media is supposed to ask questions that the fans have and I bet you most fans only care about why isn't he fighting SK, and when is he fighting SK? Most fans know all they need to know about the bika fight. Bika is durable and has a shot to go the 12 while AD takes target practice. This is a tsAH showcase special for AD. And this is boxing so bika has his chance to go for broke ,at least he knows the situation he is in and Cunningham can get him to be fired up , I hope Sitka pulls it off but realistically this fight has all the cards stacked against bika and tsAH hasn't had an upset on his pbj series yet and this probably won't be any different. The pbj announcers have a better chance of mentioning Kovalev than bika has of winning the bout.


-deepwater2 :

The WBC just ordered Stevenson vs Kovalev! Will tsAH let AD drop his WBC belt and issue him the pbj instead?


-Kid Blast :

Stevenson = women beater


-brownsugar :

Bika is well worn around the edges, cannot throw punches in a fundamentally correct manner and is a little slow on the draw. Adonis feels reinvigorated after watching Kovalev struggle a bit with Pascal and will apparently feel ready to face Kovalev after his tuneup with Bika. This fight means progress...as soon as Bika is removed from contending in the light heavy division... The Stevenson, Kovalev clash can begin. Taken from that perspective, this fight has some positive attributes associated with it. Lets get it on!!..... Or lets get it over with? What ever works for you.


-Kid Blast :

I hope SK ends SuperPimp's run.


-Chris L :

Imagine how bad it'll be if Stevenson beats Kovalev.


-brownsugar :

Some will be highly disappointed I'm sure. It Doesnt matter to me who wins... I just believe that Kovalev "cannot" lose to Stevenson because he brings so much more to the table as a fighter.


-brownsugar :

Some will be highly disappointed I'm sure. It Doesnt matter to me who wins... I just believe that Kovalev "cannot" lose to Stevenson because he brings so much more to the table as a fighter.


-Pazuzu :

The WBC just ordered Stevenson vs Kovalev! Will tsAH let AD drop his WBC belt and issue him the pbj instead?
Very interesting development. The fight goes to a purse bid if no agreement has been made by April 17. Sounds like the WBC is forcing Haymon's hand...stay tuned to this one folks. Full announcement from the WBC: "The WBC has initiated the free negotiations period for the mandatory title defense between WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev, with a purse offer date of April 17th, 2015, in case there is no agreement between the parties. The WBC is extremely proud to continue with the task of securing the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. During the historic 52nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas in December of last year, the WBC voted unanimously in favor of a proposal which would lead to the unification of the light heavyweight division. Since then, Stevenson defended the WBC title in December, and Kovalev defeated Jean Pascal to determine the mandatory challenger with a spectacular victory that was also for the WBC Diamond belt. Stevenson has a voluntary title defense scheduled for April 4 against former WBC super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika, and Kovalev has his mandatory commitment scheduled for the IBF. These are very exiting times for boxing. The WBC is very happy to be part of them, and is committed to continue this path."
->http://wbcboxing.com/wbceng/news/4401-stevenson-vs-kovalev-ordered-and-secured-for-the-fans Now if they'd only do the same for Cotto's WBC belt...


-deepwater2 :

Very interesting development. The fight goes to a purse bid if no agreement has been made by April 17. Sounds like the WBC is forcing Haymon's hand...stay tuned to this one folks. Full announcement from the WBC: "The WBC has initiated the free negotiations period for the mandatory title defense between WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev, with a purse offer date of April 17th, 2015, in case there is no agreement between the parties. The WBC is extremely proud to continue with the task of securing the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. During the historic 52nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas in December of last year, the WBC voted unanimously in favor of a proposal which would lead to the unification of the light heavyweight division. Since then, Stevenson defended the WBC title in December, and Kovalev defeated Jean Pascal to determine the mandatory challenger with a spectacular victory that was also for the WBC Diamond belt. Stevenson has a voluntary title defense scheduled for April 4 against former WBC super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika, and Kovalev has his mandatory commitment scheduled for the IBF. These are very exiting times for boxing. The WBC is very happy to be part of them, and is committed to continue this path."
->http://wbcboxing.com/wbceng/news/4401-stevenson-vs-kovalev-ordered-and-secured-for-the-fans Now if they'd only do the same for Cotto's WBC belt...
I wish Cotto would fight atop Middle also, but he gets at least one fight before he is forced to fight GGG. Will he then dump the belt is the question? I have a hard time thinking he will but I have a harder time seeing him in the ring against GGG. If he fights GGG, even if he loses, he will show more courage than the rest of the belt holders.


-Pazuzu :

We shall see, D2. I agree that Cotto has no plans to face GGG. In the meantime, the WBC also announced this week that Cotto WILL defend his belt on June 6. Opponent remains unnamed... Also, I can't help but appreciate the irony that this thread started with a condemnation of those media members who ignored the Bika fight and were only interested in Stevenson-Kovalev, and all the comments here are about...Stevenson-Kovalev. Apparently, the WBC felt the same way. : )


-deepwater2 :

We shall see, D2. I agree that Cotto has no plans to face GGG. In the meantime, the WBC also announced this week that Cotto WILL defend his belt on June 6. Opponent remains unnamed... Also, I can't help but appreciate the irony that this thread started with a condemnation of those media members who ignored the Bika fight and were only interested in Stevenson-Kovalev, and all the comments here are about...Stevenson-Kovalev. Apparently, the WBC felt the same way. : )
yeah, they might start another thread saying this thread was spoiled by arrogance. The funny thing is today the Stevenson camp is saying they are excited to start negotiating to make the Kovalev fight happen and that Kathy Duva is very smart for getting her fighter the mandatory shot to make the fight happen. All I can say is I am glad Bika is getting a decent check. Bika is a 10-1 underdog.