Sakio Bika: I am ready for Andre Ward or Bernard Hopkins

Former IBO super-middleweight champion Sakio Bika is fully focused on his next fight with WBC title-holder Andre Ward after defeating Nikola Sjekloca in an eliminator in February.

The 33 year-old, who won ‘The Contender’ champion in 2007, has battled back from a points defeat to Ward in the Super-Six tournament three years ago to earn himself another shot at the pound for pound star.

Bika had been linked to a clash with former IBF belt holder Lucian Bute whilst Ward recovers from shoulder surgery, but ultimately Bute decided to face Jean Pascal in a non-title bout and promoter Dan Goossen has assured the WBC that Ward will defend his title.

“I was surprised to hear this news and I was expecting to possibly fight with Lucian Bute if Andre was unable to defend the title belt,” Bika told World Boxing News.

“HBO had been trying to put the fight between Lucian Bute and I, whilst Lucian was at my last fight – so I was expecting that fight to happen soon.

“I also think Chad Dawson would be disappointed that he is not fighting Jean Pascal.”

The Cameroon-born fighter is now intent on waiting for Ward to finish his rehabilitation, stating that the only other fight he would consider in the interim is a world title bout – with IBF 175lb king Bernard Hopkins top of his wishlist.

“My manager Al Haymon is currently in negotiations with Goossen in regards to the fight with Andre Ward,” explained Bika.

“When Ward decides he is ready to fight, I am the number one so he has to fight me and I am only focussed on that fight.

“This will be the second time I have fought for the WBC super-middleweight title. It means a lot to me as the WBC title is one of the most prestigious belts of all the boxing organisations to win. I look forward to fighting for this title again and to win against Ward.

“The only other fight I would settle for is a Bernard Hopkins fight. I only want the world champions of either the super-middleweight or light-heavyweight division. I am looking for the champions, not the contenders and I fear no-one.”