By TOM WATT on April 2 2015
Today saw the Press conference between Sakio ‘The Scorpion’ Bika and Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson take place in Quebec ahead of the eagerly anticipated WBC Light Heavyweight Title Fight this weekend in the Eastern Canadian City.
Both fighters looked in relaxed mood as they posed together for photographs, a very different affair to the animosity in the build-up for Bika’s last fight against Anthony Dirrell. Stevenson showed respect to his opponent but the Haitian-Canadian still has his eye on the KO and keeping his belt.
“I know Sakio is going to try to take my title but I’m prepared for that….. He’s a former Champoion, so I’m preparing to face a Champion”
“I’m looking for the KO because I’m from the Kronk Gym. Knockouts Sell. But I can go 12 rounds, that’s not a problem. I train for 12 rounds.”
“My trainer has given me a great plan. He knows Sakio Bika very well and we’ll see what happens in the ring. Bika is still going to have the same power moving up in weight. He should actually be stronger. I’m very focused because I know Bika is very dangerous, I know he’s going to come into the ring and try to give me trouble. I’m a Knockout Artist, I can do a lot in the ring but first and foremost I’m a knockout artist.”
“I’d love to unify the belts eventually but I’ll let my manager Al Haymon take care of that. My mentor Emanuel Steward always told me that as soon as I enter the ring the knockout is what sells. I’ll definitely be going for the knockout this Saturday on CBS.”
“I’m ready to go Toe-to-Toe, Adonis Stevenson vs Sakio Bika on CBS, baby!”
Bika for his part, also looked very relaxed and chose his words carefully before the assembled press:
“To beat a great fighter you have to be your best. I’m looking to take the WBC title back home. I’ve fought everyone – I’ve never ducked an opponent – and I don’t know if he can handle the pressure. I feel more comfortable at 175 pounds. I want to test the big boy [Stevenson] and I feel like I can do that. On Saturday we’ll see.”
“He’s knocked people out, but I’ve never been knocked out. On Saturday I’ll be the one to knock him out. I’m very hungry to get a world title back. I trained very hard at light heavyweight to get a title back.”
“I didn’t come here to Canada just to walk and look around. I came here to take this belt back home and I’m very confident I’m going to do that.”
“Training camp went very well, we put in good work and now we’re here in Canada ready to shock the world.”
One things is for certain with these two fighters is that we will not be watching a chess match, both men come to fight and that is exactly what we shall see from the very first bell. Will Bika be able to handle the move up in weight? Will Stevenson be able to handle the pressure and work-rate of ‘The Scorpion’? The time for talking is over.
To see if Sakio Bika can capture his second WBC World Title and bring it back to Australia, tune in to Main Event this Sunday or visit mainevent.com.au for more info.
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