*There was a very unique thing that happened last Saturday night out at the Stubhub in Carson, California and it’s something that’s worthy of note. Where you had two world titles on the line in which an american won a title from a foriegner, and you had an american lose a title to one.
I’d like to begin this by talking about the first bout that took place which was the semi-main event between Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell going at it for the second time for Bika’s IBF super middleweight title.
Bika is originally from Douala, Cameroon (Africa) but now hails out of Sydney, Australia and came into this fight with a ring record of 32-5-3 with 21 coming by way of knockout. He first captured the vacant WBC super middleweight title when he went against Marcos Antonio Periban last year on the undercard of Adrian Broner vs Paulie Malignaggi and got a unanimous decision.
The first time these two got together it was a grueling match that ended in a draw and it was the first defense of the title for Bika when they fought. Dirrell was determined not to leave no doubt in anyone’s mind as to who would be the victor this time around by making a statement at the opening bell of this bout with a solid right hand to the kisser of Bika that literally got his attention.
Dirrell dominated the bout throughout and hit Bika with solid uppercuts and combinations consitstantly connecting and at times, seemed to hurt Bika. And although Bika had his moments hitting Dirrell with a few right hands of his own and opening up a cut above his left eye, at the end of twelve, all three judges declared Dirrell the winner and new WBC champion.
He was quoted as saying afterwards, ” After coming back from cancer, and being in a motorcycle accident it was something special to win this title”. He went on to say, ” What made the difference in this fight was I stayed off the ropes, and worked hard”. With that said, we certainly look forward to seeing more of him.
In the main event we saw Shawn “Showtime” Porter who came into this one with a record of 24-0 (15 knckouts) and hailing out of Akron, Ohio get upset by a game and slick Kell Brook who resides in the U.K. Brook improved his record to 33-0 with 22 coming by way of knockout by beating Porter decisively.
This was a battle of undefeated welterweights with Shawn Porter’s IBF title on the line, and we saw a determined Brook execute a dynamic performance utilizing his superb boxing skills, and lateral movement. And in this case folks, it was the jab that was the key. He dished it out consistantly, although Porter had his moments, he just couldn’t figure out a game plan that would be sufficient enough to win the fight.
It became clear in the twelveth and deciding round that the IBF title was set to go to the U.K. because Porter by that time couldn’t seem to come up with enough muster to win the bout that had become fairly even at that point. Thus, all three judges awarded Brook a unanimous decision.
A very jubilant Brook said afterward, “I didn’t think I could come over here in the U.S. and win the title with a decision”. He went on to say, “I think that a fight with Amir Khan is what the public wants to see now that I’m champion. This was the best win of my career”.
The second chapter in the continuing saga of Mayweather vs Maidana is set to take place in a few weeks on September 13 and will be coming to you live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This will all be telecast by Showtime pay per view and the whole world will be watching so make sure you get your popcorn ready. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
“When the tide goes out, that’s when you’ll find out who’s been swimming naked”- Warren Buffett
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