Anthony Dirrell out-points Sakio Bika in messy wrestle-fest, takes WBC belt

Phil Jay 17/08/2014

American Anthony Dirrell is the new WBC super-middleweight champion after he out-classed Sakio Bika in a crude contest that at times was bordering on a no-holds barred wrestling match.

Low blows, head clashes and constant grappling spoiled what could have been a decent encounter, although the better work throughout came from Dirrell who thoroughly deserved to take Bika’s green belt.

Michigan-born Dirrell, 29, did well to cope with some of Bika’s constant spoiling tactics as the crowd at the StubHub Center in California lost interest in what was an altogether forgettable affair.

The harder, crisper and cleaner shots were consistently credited to Dirrell, but Bika has to be given some kudos for having one of the hardest heads in the sport as the Australian simply refused to go down.

In the end, the judges scorecards were needed to separate the pair as those in attendance breathed a sigh of relief at the final bell, before Dirrell celebrated his first world title with scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 114-113.

I had it a more comprehensive 119-108 to Dirrell after twelve, who pushes his record to 27-0-1 and goes one better than older brother Andre who lost out to Carl Froch for the same belt back in 2009.

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