Boxing - Bika beats Periban for super-middleweight title

Sakio Bika out-moved and out-brawled Marco Antonia Periban, winning the bout on a majority decision to claim the vacant WBC super-middleweight title.

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Boxing - Bika beats Periban for super-middleweight title
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Sakio Bika out-moved and out-brawled Marco Antonia Periban, winning the bout on a majority decision to claim the vacant WBC super-middleweight title.

With judges scoring it 116-112, 115-113, and 114-114, Bika - usually very composed and controlled - looked more ruthless than he had done in his previous fights, adopting a style akin to a brawler.

Periban boxed smartly in periods, utilising his consistent jab, and was able to control the tempo but Bika’s hard-charging efforts kept the Mexican off balance.

Seemingly lacking the power to hurt Bika, Periban upped his game in the final round which saw the two men throw everything at each other.

"I expected the fight to go the distance. He was very tough," Bika said.

"It was a great fight and I gave my heart and soul. I feel good. I worked hard and I was dedicated to the fight. Now I want to fight the best. I'd fight Andre Ward (again). I'd fight anyone."

It was a hugely physical encounter that really came to life in the eighth round as the pair clashed heads; Periban coming away with a cut on his scalp.

Despite the majority decision, Periban was quick to express his disgust after the bout.

"I know I won the fight," said the Mexican.

"It was a very powerful fight. I fought better than him. His style is so dirty. He kept hitting me in the back of the head. I think I hurt him in the last round but I couldn't finish him.

"He's not the champion. There's no justice. He's taking that belt, and it's a lie."

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