Sakio Bika is currently in the process of securing a first defence of his new WBC super-middleweight title, possibly on home turf in Australia, following a recent victory over Marco Periban for the vacant belt.
The Cameroonian-born Aussie won a close majority decision over the previously undefeated Mexican last June in New York and rather than heading back to the States, would prefer to take a high-profile championship fight down under.
“Right now I am in the process of organising my first defence with my manager. I am still hoping to be able to defend my title in Australia, but unfortunately the powers that be prefer me to fight in the USA,” Bika told World Boxing News.
Former Contender champion Bika, 34, has fighter’s queuing up to have a crack at his green belt following the WBC’s decision to strip divisional number one Andre Ward, with a rematch with Periban one of those possibilities. Periban’s draw earlier this month with Swedish TMT fighter Badou Jack didn’t help matters as the winner may well have been next up for Bika, although a voluntary may be next up – rather than Maxim Vlasov and James DeGale who are further down the pecking order.
Whoever is next up, Bika is focusing solely on keeping his belt in the immediate future, but has admitted that a lucrative three-belt clash with IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch would be of interest to him for 2014. Three-time world title holder Froch faces compatriot and rising star George Groves on November 23 in Manchester and Bika sees no reason why the two cannot agree a unification if he successfully negotiates the Londoner.
“I think that Froch will win against Groves in another hard fight,” predicted Bika. “Froch is like me, a warrior and together we would make a great fight!”