LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Cameroon-born Australian Sakio Bika will challenge World Boxing Council light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson on April 4 at Quebec City, organizers said Tuesday as part of several fight scheduling announcements.
Haitian-born Canadian Stevenson, 25-1 with 21 knockouts, has won his past 12 fights over five years with only one of those victories going the distance.
Stevenson will be defending his crown for the fifth time since taking the title with a first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in 2013. But the 37-year-old southpaw has fought outside the province of Quebec only once since a 2010 knockout loss in the United States to Darnell Boone, a defeat Stevenson avenged in 2013.
Bika, 35, is 32-6 with three drawn and 21 knockouts. He steps up from super middleweight after winning that division’s WBC crown in 2013 but losing it last August to unbeaten American Anthony Dirrell.