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Sakio Bika Eyes First Defense of WBC Title in Australia

Australia's latest world boxing champion Sakio Bika is keen to make the first defense of his WBC super middleweight title in Australia.

Australia's newest world boxing champion Sakio Bika would be happy to have his first title defence at home despite the lack of recognition locally of his achievement.

Bika, 34, captured the vacant WBC super middleweight title last weekend in New York, with a majority points win over previously unbeaten Mexican Marco Antonio Periban.

It was the highlight of a lengthy professional career for Bika, who relocated to Australia and joined the paid ranks a few months after representing Cameroon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Along the way Bika has fought many of the world's best super middleweights, dropping points decisions to Andre Ward, Lucian Bute and Joe Calzaghe and having a technical draw with Markus Beyer.

Bika's world title win was noted on the day in the Australian media, but he received little coverage before or after the fight, a recurring problem throughout his career.

"I won this world title and there was just a little bit in the paper, for me it was a big disappointment," Bika said.

"Overseas in America, I am big. Wherever I go people always know of Sakio Bika.

"In Australia I never get recognised because the media have never really got behind me and said 'this guy has fought the best.'"

Despite that lack of local recognition, Bika would have no qualms about making his first voluntary defence in his adopted country, where he hasn't fought for in almost four years.

"If tomorrow my manager says 'where do you do want to defend first?' I prefer to come and defend in Australia," Bika said.

"Australia is my country. Cameroon is where I was born and Australia has given me everything.

"I would be happy to come and defend my belt in Australia and then more people will follow me,"

Bika, the first fighter born in Cameroon to win a professional world title, would like a crack at some of the other super middleweight world champions attached to other major organisations.

The Sydney-based fighter had special motivation to win against Periban.

"For me it was a big challenge to win this world title because I missed the birth of my third child," Bika said.

"I wanted to win this to give a good present to my daughter.

"I want to dedicate this world title to the young kids here in Australia and the kids that have dreams to achieve their own goal."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-01-2013

It should be George Groves or Thomas Oosthuizen!

Comment by flint on 06-30-2013

Bika is going to lose his title in his next fight. although he did barely win the title.he looked like a straight up amateur just winging bombs. every champion at 168 will defeat him easily.

Comment by carmelomodica on 06-30-2013

Sakio Bika should call out Carl Froch, who has fought all the top SMWs in the world except Bika. That would be a great toss-up fight: let's remember that Bika gave Andre Ward his most difficult fight by far.

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