Bika picks Kessler and Pascal to prevail on May 25
WBC number one-ranked super-middleweight Sakio Bika has given WBN his choices for the May 25 blockbuster night as rivals Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler do battle again and Lucian Bute takes on Jean Pascal at 175lbs.
Bika, 33, has been linked to fights with Kessler, Pascal and Froch in the past, whilst losing a one-sided decision to Bute in 2007 at the Bell Centre and sees the former IBF king losing for the second time in three fights in late spring.
“I would think Pascal is more suited to light-heavyweight and has the edge in experience of that division,” Bika told World Boxing News.
“Pascal has the confidence and will be stronger than Bute in the ring. Also, Bute hasn’t looked good in his last two fights (when losing to Froch and defeating Denis Grachev).
On the PPV rematch between Froch and Kessler in London, Bika believes that the Dane will repeat his win in 2010 and unify the WBA and IBF titles at the O2 Arena.
“For me, Kessler would win again as he is more skillful and stronger than Froch,” stated Bika. The result will be the same as before and maybe Kessler could be an opponent in my future.”
Former IBO belt holder Bika is awaiting a date for his next test against Andre Ward after working his way to mandatory with victory over Nikola Sjekloca last month. Ward is currently recovering from shoulder surgery and promoter Dan Goossen recently told WBN that he expects his fighter back in the summer to defend his title.