Three Australian boxers have fought in the U.S. over the past few weeks and all have lost by devastating KO. WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika hopes to reverse that trend when he defends against Anthony Dirrell this Saturday night in a Showtime-televised fight. The bout is a rematch of their controversial December 2013 match in which Bika retained the title despite being knocked down and having a point deducted. Dirrell is currently more than a 2:1 favorite to dethrone Bika on Saturday.
Bika answered a few questions about the fight.
Are you preparing differently for Dirrell this time around?
“I’m not going to change too much. I’m coming out to fight. I don’t want to run around and chase him. I’m going to show Anthony that I’m ready to do exactly what I’ve always done: to make people happy to see me fight. If he wants to take my belt off of me he better come prepared.”
Is there one specific element of Dirrell’s repertoire that you’re working especially hard in camp to combat better when you meet this Saturday?
“The main thing I have to do is keep working hard every day and getting my rest when I can. I’ll be ready for Anthony. I always come to fight. I’m sure that I’m doing everything the way that I’m supposed to. And I’m training hard with my team so that I can defend and retain my belt.”
How, if at all, do you think fighting him at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. will differ from the fight you had at Barclays Center?
“Not at all because I’ve fought before in an open arena, and I’ve fought in California before too. Anywhere they put a ring, in a shopping mall, a movie theater, I can fight anywhere.”