By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
Newly crowned WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika is disappointed at the lack of recognition he has received in his adopted country of Australia after capturing the vacant WBC title recently and would like to defend at home. Bika became the first boxer from Cameroon to hold a world boxing title and missed the birth of his third child while training in the USA for the title fight against previously undefeated Marco Antonio Periban.
“I won this world title and there was just a little bit in the paper,” Bika said. “For me it was a big disappointment. Overseas in America, I am big. Wherever I go people always know of Sakio Bika. In Australia I never get recognized because the media have never really got behind me and said ‘this guy has fought the best.’
“If tomorrow my manager says ‘where do you do want to defend first?’ I prefer to come and defend in Australia. Australia is my country. Cameroon is where I was born and Australia has given me everything. I would be happy to come and defend my belt in Australia and then more people will follow me. For me it was a big challenge to win this world title because I missed the birth of my third child. I wanted to win this to give a good present to my daughter. I want to dedicate this world title to the young kids here in Australia and the kids that have dreams to achieve their own goal.”