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Sakio Bika vs Nikola Sjekloca could be for WBC title currently held by Andre Ward

The WBC super middleweight title might be on the line when Sakio Bika faces Nikola Sjekloca on February 16, as champion Andre Ward is on the shelf following surgery.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Sakio Bika and Nikola Sjekloca might be fighting for a soon-vacant WBC super middleweight title when they meet on February 16 in Atlantic City, as the sanctioning body will decide whether or not to make injured champion Andre Ward "champion in recess" for the time being, opening up the title.

Bika (30-5-2, 21 KO) and Sjekloca (25-0, 7 KO) will fight on the Broner-Rees undercard at Boardwalk Hall. The 33-year-old Bika, born in Cameroon before he relocated to Australia and now Los Angeles, is a solid contender in the 168-pound division, and has probably given Andre Ward his toughest fight as a pro, hanging in with the champ back in November 2010, when Ward fought Bika outside of the Super Six tournament to stay busy.

Sjekloca, 34, is an untested Serbian, now living in Montenegro. He last fought in July, beating Hadillah Mohoumadi. His most well-known opponent is Khoren Gevor.

Ward is out for an indefinite period following shoulder surgery, so this actually isn't the silliest idea from the WBC.

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