Sakio Bika: Green belt is a huge opportunity

Four-time world title challenger Sakio Bika is delighted to have secured a second shot at the WBC super-middleweight title and knows he faces a strong opponent in the undefeated Montenegrin Nikola Sjekloca on February 16.

‘The Scorpion’ has been handed the coveted opportunity after Andre Ward was bumped up to ‘Emeritus champion’ following shoulder surgery and believes that the WBC were correct in pitting the two together for the Atlantic City clash.

“This fight came about due to our rankings,” Bika explained to World Boxing News. “Sjekloca was number one and I was number two last year in the WBC so it was the obvious choice.

“I know he has good boxer as he has never lost. He’s bringing a good record and a winning mentality and I look forward to a great fight.

“This is a huge opportunity for me and you can’t ask for a better. It’s the WBC title, the green belt and I am getting my body in great condition. I look forward to February 16 to show the world how ready and good I am.”

On the prospect of possibly defending the title against Ward if victorious next month, Bika added: “I haven’t been told by the WBC that I will face Ward – but as he is off for a period of time with injury, I am focused on winning this, and then I will consider the future.”