Adonis Stevenson Successfully Defends Title

Adonis Stevenson successfully defended his WBC World light heavyweight title on Saturday by outpointing Sakio Bika at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.  Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs) dropped Bika twice; once in the sixth round and again in the ninth, on his way to a unanimous decision victory.  The judges scored the fight 115-111, 116-110, and 115-110.

Bika was a game competitor throughout the encounter despite Stevenson being mostly in control and dictating the action from the opening bell.  He took numerous big straight lefts and uppercuts for the 12 rounds but kept pressing forward and coming back for more.  The Canadian came out tentatively in the first round, measuring and observing.

But after establishing his jab and his distance in the second round, the champion’s speed, six-inch reach advantage, and accuracy were too much for Bika to overcome.  The 37-year old fought a smart, patient, and controlled fight relying heavily on his jab and not allowing himself to be drawn into a brawl by the tough Cameroon-born Australian.  CompuBox had Stevenson landing 229 punches of the 635 thrown while the 35-year old landed 113 of 390.

With the win “Superman” extends his winning streak to 13 straight victories.