WBA Super middleweight Champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) met with the Bay Area press to discuss his upcoming battle with Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) on November 27. The fight is being held at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Ward by virtue of victories over Mikkel Kessler and Alan Green, secured a spot in the semifinals of the Showtime’s Super Six Boxing classic. His fight with Bika is not part of the Super Six. Still the tournament has had its share of drama.
“There have been many twists and turns but we are still here and ready for our next opponent.” replied Ward.
The WBC champ knows what he’s getting in Bika.
“Bika will come full steam ahead with wild punches. I am going to continue to do what I do and that is a little bit of everything. Just like when I fought (Allan) Green. We had a plan to fight on the inside but it ended up being a closed combat and I had to adjust. With Bika, depending on what he does I’ll know how to adjust and what I need to do.”
For his part Bika has shown a lot of respect towards Ward, praising his winning of the gold medal and the fact that he is a champion. Bika even feels that Ward is the favorite to win the Super Six tournament. Ward also respect’s Bika.
“Sakio Bika is the same fighter as when he fought Lucian Bute. His fighting style has awarded him a lot of merit and respect for his grittiness.”
Ward has heard the calls of a number of boxing people who refer to him as a dirty fighter. Interestingly though, it was Bika who was disqualified in his last fight due to an illegal blow.
“I’m not going to call him (Bika) a dirty fighter but he tends to get frustrated and react. I know to expect that.”
Ward is aware of Bika’s record of never being knocked out.
“I am going to do what I do except a little bit better. Sakio has never been stopped. It would be great to get a stoppage in this fight.”
The undefeated champion was asked about his boxing ability.
“I have a lot of work to do. I’ve always been in the mind set of striving for more. I can fight a good fight and then get a call from Virgil (Hunter) telling me that I did good but I can do more. It’s good that there is always room to do more — it’s good because it keeps me striving. The best is yet to come.”
The Andre Ward vs. Sakia Biko fight is for the WBC super middleweight belt. The card will also feature 2008 US Olympian Javier Molina (4-0, 4 KOs), Sacramento’s undefeated lightweight Stan Martyniouk (10-0, 1KO), and Houston’s power-punching Cornelius White (15-0, 14 KOs).
The doors open at 4PM.