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Boxing News of Sunday, 5 April 2015

Source: USA TODAY

Stevenson wins unanimous decision against Bika

Light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson used a steady stream of hard left hands to knock Sakio Bika down twice en route to a unanimous decision victory Saturday afternoon in Quebec City.

The fight represented the debut of Premier Boxing Champions on CBS. The fighter from Montreal nicknamed “Superman” couldn’t put Bika away, however, as he predicted he would coming into the fight.

The three judges at ringside had Stevenson winning by scores of 115-111, 116-110 and 115-110. Stevenson connected on more than twice as many punches as Bika, according to CompuBox, 229-113.

Bika (32-7-3, 21 KOs), still has never been stopped in his career. He took a lot of punishment from the powerful left hand of Stevenson, yet was still fighting hard in the 12th, winning that round as Stevenson clowned and played to his hometown crowd.

Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs) improved to 6-0 in world title bouts in retaining his WBC light heavyweight title. He knocked Bika down in the sixth and ninth rounds. The Haitian-born southpaw with a reputation for a less-than- stellar chin proved he could take a punch as well, shaking off several hard right hands from Bika throughout the fight.

In the co-main event, Russian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev knocked down former champion Gabriel Campillo in the first round, and finished him off with a fourth-round knockout to extend his record to 8-0 with 8 knockouts.

Beterbiev, 30, from Montreal, was the aggressor from the opening bell and punished Campillo (25-7-1) with a constant barrage of body shots, with powerful combinations to the head mixed in. Campillo’s legs were wobbling in the first round, and he never seemed to get them steadied.

“I don’t come in the ring looking for knockouts,” Beterbiev said in Russian after the fight. “I was glad to get four rounds in. And that’s my objective, to have more rounds.”

Beterbiev has never gone beyond four rounds in any of his fights.

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