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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Bika wants to beat Periban, then Froch

By Michael Woods

Sakio Bika (31-5-2) didn't seem overly impressed with his 20-0 foe Marco Antonio Periban when I asked the Cameroon-born boxer about his opponent. They will vie for the vacant WBC 168 pound crown at Barclays Center, with Bika hoping that this time, in his fourth try, he will win a world title.

So, I asked Bika, on Tuesday at Gleason's, what do you know about Periban?

"I don't know nothing about him," he said.

It turns out he knows a bit more than that, as he continued, "He's got a good record, he comes to fight, it will be a good fight. He comes forward."

Interesting assessment, as I gleaned from Periban that he will look to stick and move, use lateral movement to keep Bika a step behind.

"I'm better than him," said Bika, noting that he has fought more "names" in his 12-plus years as a pro, including Joe Calzaghe, Lucian Bute, and Andre Ward. (The title up for grabs, incidentally, belonged to Ward, but the WBC just took it away from him, for alleged inactivity, though he was inactive of late because he was injured and then rehabbing.)

Bika expects to have his hand raised, take the belt and then would like to meet another "name" star, Carl Froch, who holds the IBF and WBA versions of the super middle crown. "I think that's a good matchup," he said.