Sakio Bika proved why he's considered a super middleweight contender tonight in Carson, Calif., dominating Dyah Davis and stopping him in the 10th round of their fight, which aired on Showtime Extreme as part of the "Four Warned" card.
Bika was ahead on the Bad Left Hook scorecard 90-81, when he landed two flush right hands that sent Davis into retreat. Eventually, the referee finally stepped in as Bika poured on the pressure, a well-earned stoppage at 1:40 of the fight's final round. Judges' scores were 90-81, 89-82, and a rather curious 87-84 at the time of stoppage. Bad Left Hook had it 90-81 for Sakio Bika.
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Bika (30-5-2, 21 KO) overpowered Davis (21-3-1, 9 KO) from the get-go in this one, and by the fourth round, it was apparent that this was a step too far for the likeable Davis, son of former gold medalist Howard Davis. It was a good fight for Dyah to take, as it was a chance to find out if he could compete at the higher level. It just turned out that he cannot.
Bika showed power in both hands tonight, with his usual winging, swinging style, but he also happened to outjab and, well, outeverything the 30-year-old Davis. Bika, 33, remains a dangerous opponent for anyone at 168 pounds, so tough to battle that it's unlikely he'll get a fight with any of the major names.
But just imagine a Froch vs Bika fight, would you? Talk about fun.
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