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Q&A: WBC 168lb world champion Sakio Bika

Photo: Team Bika
Photo: Team Bika

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “Scorpion” Bika talks to Fightnews and says he is interested in fights with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch. He predicts Froch will defeat George Groves in their May 31 showdown and also predicts Daniel Geale will upset Gennady Golovkin if they fight on July 26.

Bika also predicts his chief sparring partner WBA #8 Ben McCulloch can win the world title and mentions how he recently returned to country of his birth, the Cameroon, where he was followed by 10,000 fans.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is rated top WBC super middleweight contender. Has there been any discussion that he wants to challenge for the championship and would you be confident of being successful against the pride of Mexico?

There have been no open-air discussions about it, however there have been a lot of rumors stating that Chavez Jr is interested in a title shot for my belt, as he is the current #1 contender in the WBC. From listening to a lot of the fans around the world, they want a Bika vs. Chavez match up due to great matching styles. On a side note, I challenged him after the Vera vs Chavez fight via Twitter saying ‘Congratulations if you want a shot at my belt come and fight and I will knock you out.’ He then retweeted my post. At the end of the day, it’s not up to me, it’s up to my manager Al Haymon, as he knows what is the best direction for me.

Were you impressed with Julio Chavez Jr.’s most recent victory over Bryan Vera? Your thoughts?

Yes it was very impressive, I believe he won very comfortably.

In 2013 you captured the WBC title by defeating Marco Antonio Periban and retained the championship with a draw against
Anthony Dirrell. Has there been any advice from your management regarding your next defense?

Yes, stay tuned…

Have you still got IBF/WBA champion Carl Froch on your radar? Has there been any talks with their management about a unification bout?

Carl Froch is in my radar and my next target. We’ll see how he goes against Groves, if he wins, there will be discussion about a unification bout. His manager will know exactly who to talk to.

Carl Froch has been made favorite with bookmakers to defeat George Groves in their upcoming championship. Who wins this fight and why?

I am very confident Carl Froch will win, as he wants to prove to people around England that he is still the #1 fighter. Also because in the first fight he was caught, now with the next fight he will be more prepared and cautious.

Any thoughts on a unification bout against WBO champion Arthur Abraham? Would you be confident of victory?

I am interested in any unification bout. If any world champion wants this, they can contact my manager Al Haymon. Of course I would be confident against Arthur Abraham, I have always believed in myself.

What Sydney gym are you training at and who is your trainer in Australia? Who trains you in the USA?

Here in Australia I do not have one specific gym. I train at multiple gyms with three different trainers to benefit my knowledge in every area. Mick Akkawi, David Birchell and Rodney Williams have been supporting me with their different styles. In the USA Kevin Cunningham coaches me, where Justin Fitzgerald is assistant trainer for my international fights.

WBA #8 super middleweight Ben McCulloch has been a regular sparring partner of yours for several months. Can he win a major body world championship?

Of course he can. It just depends if he really wants it and can put the hard work and sacrifice to win the belt. He is strong, tall, tough and a smart fighter, it’s up to him, as anything is possible with the right amount of sacrifice.

Australia has other outstanding 168 pounders including WBA #15 Junior Talipeau and hot prospects Zac Dunn and Jake Carr. Have you worked with them in sparring sessions? How good are they?

I worked with Junior and Jake Carr. They are both tough and are great to spar with.

You work with former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale who could be challenging Gennady Golovkin on July 26 in
Madison Square Garden. How good is Daniel? Has he improved since dropping the title to Darren Barker? Can he defeat Golovkin?

Daniel Geale is a great fighter. Yes he has improved and has been working very hard to regain the titles. I am very sure he can win against Golovkin with the right game plan.

You recently visited the country of your birth, the Cameroon. After living in Australia since 2000, what was it like to return home as the WBC world champion? How were you greeted? You are the first world boxing champion from the Cameroon.

It was one of the greatest things I have ever seen in my life. About 10,000 people were following me everywhere I went, even arriving at the airport to be greeted by thousands of people and then following up with many high government officials really was a surreal feeling. It was an emotional experience, it’s something I cannot describe in words. I am proud and honored to be the first Camerounaise world boxing champion.

What would you like to say to your fans on Fightnews?

Keep following me, keep up the love, I will always give you the best fights and will always stay on top. Thank you to all my fans around the world for the support. Thank you Fightnews.

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