Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward won a scrappy unanimous decision over the always tough Sakio Bika. It was the toughest fight to date for Ward and judges scored the contest 120-108, 118-110 on two cards.
The fight never really generated much interest and you could tell why, it was full of elbows and head butts and was just a terrible fight to watch. The key for Ward winning was his left jab which worked great for him and practically won him the fight. Other than that Ward didn’t really land many clean shots and Bika was just struggling to get past the jab just like Abraham was against Froch. Bika did have his moments and landed some solid right hands which Ward took well but was never in any danger.
Ward clearly has versatility but has had his last three fights in his hometown and he has got away with some dirty tactics that have contributed to him winning these fights, but now the easy fights are over. Andre Ward will face Arthur Abraham in the super six semi finals, it’s not confirmed yet because Abraham said on German TV he wants out of the super six despite being in the semi finals. Hopefully its gets sorted sooner rather than later, although Abraham got completely outclassed by Froch, he still has that one punch knockout power that could cause problems for Wards suspect chin if he lands.
This fight was really a keep busy fight for Ward and ended up being a bit tougher than he expected, hopefully now Showtime can sit down and sort out the semi final match ups. I would like to see Ward not fight in his hometown and if Abraham drops out we could see Andre Ward vs. IBF Champ Lucian Bute in the semi finals, with Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson in the other, now that would be truly brilliant fights.