Do any of the forum members here think that Sakio Bika doesn't get the
attention, praise and adulation he deserves? Amongst boxing fans in OZ,
the general public, media and forums (including this one) he seems to
not be on the radar a lot of the time. Why people still continue to give
Mundine more of their time and hard earned is beyond me when you have a
more credentialled and fearless aussie fighter doing what fighters are
supposed to do. If you break down his career so far, how could you not
consider this guy to be the truest fighter in OZ. Current boxers who I
think are the best and realest fighters are Vic Darchinyan, Michael
Katsidis, Nader Hamdan, Hussein Hussein and Sakio Bika. All willing to
travel, box whoever and if they are going to go down.....they go down
fighting. When the most of the boxing public think of those guys
mentioned, they think tough guys who like to brawl and swing hard. But
anyone who knows a little something about boxing knows that they are
fine boxers too. When you break it down, they are stubborn, hard headed
guys who love to fight but they can just as easily box your ears off
too. I say good luck to this Mundine guy and his bank account. He is
playing a game and winning it well. But in the history books and the
eyes of real boxing fans, is he being a real fighter? How many of these
"real fighters" do we have in this country at the moment?
Anyway I did a quick breakdown on Sakio's career so far, thanks to
boxrec and fights I've seen.
1999-2000 All-African Amateur Boxing Champion. I'd say being the
Champion and beating all the other tough boxers in Africa wouldn't be an
2000 Sydney Olympics representing Cameroun
2002 Fought in Sam Solimans BACKYARD (Melbourne), losing a 12 round
majority decision which I thought Sakio won.
2003 Won first Australian Title
2004 Fought in Yoshihiro Araki's BACKYARD (Japan), winning OPBF
middleweight title 10round TKO.
2005 Fought in Yoshihiro Araki's BACKYARD (Japan)(Rematch),
winning/defending OPBF title 5 round KO
2006 Fought in Markus Beyers BACKYARD (Germany), resulting in a 4 round
technical draw. Sakio was on top, hurt Beyer and the Germans knew it of
2006 Fought in Joe Calzaghe's BACKYARD (UK), losing 12 round points
decision. Even Calzaghe said it was one of his toughest fights ever.
2007 Flew to Mikkel Kessler's BACKYARD (Denmark) for 4 weeks sparring
after Kesslers previous sparring partners flew home within the first
couple of days.
2007 Fought in Lucian Bute's BACKYARD (Canada) losing 12 round points
decision. Many don't know that Sakio jumped in a pool 2 days before the
fight, thinking it was the shallow
end as he couldn't swim. It was in fact the deep end and he had to be
saved while he was fighting to get above water. Fighting 2 days after
you nearly drowned and lost your
life wouldn't help your mental state!
2007 Fought in Jaidon Codrington's BACKYARD (USA east coast) winning the
Contender title against the odds TKO 8. Plenty of people didn't want
Sakio to win and made his time
there more difficult than Jaidon's. That's for sure! Jaidon still hasn't
recovered one year and one fight later. Many want him to retire already.
2008 Fought in Peter Manfredo's BACKYARD (Providence, RI, USA) smashing
Manfredo into retirement. TKO 3. IBO World title.
One of the points I'm trying to make here is that Sakio genuinely puts
his heart, body, head and boxing ability against anyone and fears not
about challenging them in their backyard. He might have lost a couple,
but look who it was to and look where he is at now. Still there, still
fearless, still putting his ability to the test. Trying the hard way to
make a better life for his family. Big respect for that.
Personally I think Sakio deserves much more attention and support from
the Aussie public. I'd pay $50 to watch him over paying $50 to watch
mismatches. Anyone have any thoughts?
30th Nov. 2008