Sakio Bika keen on Vegas unification with Carl Froch

WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3) is keen on a unification fight next year with IBF/WBA champion Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch (32-2).

In an interview with Fight News, Bika, 34, said: “Froch was very lucky to win his fight against Groves. That was a bad knockdown he suffered, but he boxed like a champion to come back and get the victory.”

After capturing the ‘vacant’ (Andre Ward was stripped due to inactivity) WBC title against Marco Antonio Periban in June, Bika kept the belt by recording an SD draw with Anthony Dirrell earlier this month in Brooklyn, NY.

“A fight between Froch and me would see who is the king of the division. We should fight in Las Vegas to show the boxing fans who is the best. I am confident I would become unified champion.”

“My manager Al Haymon has done a great job for me and I know he wants Froch to fight me. I want to thank Al Haymon for the good job he has done. Also I would like to thank my trainer Kevin Cunningham who trains me in the USA and in Australia Dave Birchell and Mickael Akkawy. They have helped me become world champion.”

After the controversial ending to their fight of the year candidate last month, the most lucrative option for Froch would almost certainly be a stadium filling domestic rematch with George Groves. However, since avenging his loss to Mikkel Kessler earlier in the year, Froch, 36, is understood to be keen on a rematch with Andre Ward in order to correct the only other reverse on his CV.


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