SORTA SUPER OUTING: Adonis Beats Bika, UD12

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Haitian-Canadian Adonis Stevenson welcomed 168er Sakio Bika from Cameroon to the 175 class, rudely. His left hand troubled the visitor, sending him to the mat twice. Bika hung in, and landed some shots late, but really, it was all Adonis. He was in total control of the tone and pace and though he tried to finish off the up-in-weight foe, we went to the cards. They did the right thing, and gave Stevenson the win, UD.

The scores were 115-111, 116-110, 115-110, but the fight was not at all that close, take my word for it, friends.

In the first, the 25-1 Kronk boxer, who received instruction from the late-great Emanuel Steward, went to work. He jabbed and dropped his power left on Bika, who lives in Australia (32-6-3 entering).

In the second, we saw Adonis jab, jab, jab. He ate a left hook, but was in control of the pace and tone. A counter left by Adonis scored nicely.

In the third, a left counter by Adonis had the crowd jazzed. They were clinching a good deal now.

In the fourth, Adonis was in control. Bika went down off a left in round five, no, it was a slip. Or was it? A blinder jab-left follow stung him, for sure. In the sixth, Adonis grinned while Bika tried in vain to flurry. A left sent Bika down. Was it the power or from being off balance? 32 seconds remained…and he made it to the close.

In the seventh, we saw Adonis controlling all elements, though Bika did land an solid shot. In the eighth, Bika was happy to have Adonis on the ropes late, but he still didn't win a round. In the ninth, Adonis cracked with a left, and another one sent Bika down, late. In the tenth, Adonis was in total control, seeking to end it, but knowing Bika is a tough nut.

In the 11th, Bika landed a right. Was Adonis gassing? In the 12th, Bika landed a right, as Adonis backed up. The action heated up as Adonis' legs got more weary. He Ali shuffled to end it. We went to the cards..

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-brownsugar :

Enough done by Stevenson to whet our appetites for the upcoming challenge from Kovalev.. Good ugly, eye opening, buck wild tuneup for the champ. Is Beiterbiev an Al Haymon fighter too. I guess we should brace ourselves for the smear campaign coming his way if he is. Campello took a brutal beating and should work toward a life outside the ring... I don't think Beiterbiev is ready for Kovalev despite calling him out repeatedly ... Better get two or three more fights in at the top level....I don't care what happened in the amateurs.


-Big Daddy :

I enjoyed all the fights. At my favorite price..Free! Adonis vs. Kovalev needs to be made. Also, Beterbiev looks like another Eastern Euro Enforcer. It seems like they've been inspired Ivan Drago just like we've always been down with Rocky Balboa. Finally the PBC gave us some Real Walk Out Music. That Hanz Zimmer crap can go back to the Opera.


-King Beef :

I enjoyed all the fights. At my favorite price..Free! Adonis vs. Kovalev needs to be made. Also, Beterbiev looks like another Eastern Euro Enforcer. It seems like they've been inspired Ivan Drago just like we've always been down with Rocky Balboa. Finally the PBC gave us some Real Walk Out Music. That Hanz Zimmer crap can go back to the Opera.
"Finally the PBC gave us some Real Walk Out Music. That Hanz Zimmer crap can go back to the Opera." Lol I noticed and enjoyed that as well, also had the corner meet them halfway through the walkout. They are slowly getting to the "norm". Definitely looking forward to Adonis and Kovy.


-Froggy :

Until yesterday I thought Stevenson had a great chance against Kovalev, not any more !


-Big Daddy :

@ King Beef. Gotta have the Walk Out Music.. Good ( Pac- Eye of the Tiger) or Bad ( Broner- Rapping). Adds the Spice of Life and gets me excited. One last thing. I don't think anyone should judge Adonis harshly for not stopping Bika. That's one tough awkward Dude.


-King Beef :

"BD" your right the walk out adds to the fighter personality. Definitely not judging Adonis, Bika is a tough character, whether it was his 1st time at the weight or not. I still got favor Kovalev if he and Adonis ever fight, Adonis gets alittle predictable with that left, but in the same breath, that left can be a fight changer if it lands. Kovalev seems much more well rounded.


-brownsugar :

Entertaining comments about the music BigDaddy. The lonesome ring walk is a bit of a distraction. Fighters come out on the stage... You can see the excitement in their eyes as they embrace their 15 seconds of personal limelight... But they dont know what to do. They are thinking about the fight. Do they walk across the stage in a solemn procession towards the exit like they're about to be presented with a college degree? Do they stand there posing as if they were about to leap over a building in a single bound like Adonis? Or do they start scat dancing and jitterbugging to the beat of their own entrance music as the approach the ring? A couple have stood their as if they were expecting a microphone. It can be a little humorous and distracting at the same time but eventually they will adapt or someone will create the ultimate template. A minor concern for me....lol Whether Adonis can hang with Kovalev is secondary to just making the fight. It's already been confirmed that Haymon and Adonis are interested and willing to get it on. Who else is there? .... Dont answer that .... Lest the sanctioning body produces some unworthy and unknown challenger from some obscure corner of the pugilistic boondocks. I think were on the verge of getting the fight or at least for proposals to begin. I got Kovalev too but Adonis has a punchers chance. Bika was a good choice to knock off the rust...


-stormcentre :

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News Flash Sometimes when a fight(er) is signed for a fight it can be the intention of the promoter to ensure the opponent enters the agreement and his obligations at (contractual) risk. Remember my previous posts about entering contracts at risk? Where I provided the recruitment and lesser/agent examples? Given all the considerations and what was know about Bika from the outset; I find it very hard to believe that Stevens' promoter had no idea that Bika would not be able to shed the weight and make a decent fight in his own terms. However, approaching the fight and its contractual aspects in this way ensures Stevenson's chances of success are maximised - just as it ensures his explanation for a loss (something quite a few people know something about :) ) is ready made. Still, Adonis was unable to blow an out of condition and overweight Bika out, and I am not sure how well that will fare for him (Adonis) if he ever meets Kovalev. Technically Bika is limited, but durability-wise and toughness . . . . they don't come much tougher. :cool: