A couple of 40-plus professional boxers, Sakio Bika and Sam Soliman, went at it earlier today at the Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, Australia.
This was a trilogy bout between the two, as they were 1-1 opposing one another coming in.
Soliman became the first man to defeat Bika, doing so via majority decision over the coarse of twelve rounds back in 2002.
The second bout took place in 2007, where Bika defeated Soliman via unanimous decision at the end of eight rounds.
This bout, like their rematch, showed near 42-year-old Sakio Bika defeat 47-year-old Sam Soliman via unanimous decision at the end of eight rounds.
This was Bika’s first fight since 2017, he’s held a world title as recently as 2013, and he now has his sights set on another retired boxer in his 40’s: “I want to fight Oscar De La Hoya.”
This would be a much better option than De La Hoya facing Gennady Golovkin upon returning, who’s the current IBF & IBO middleweight champion, like De La Hoya’s been calling for.
Many of us were left thinking Golovkin’s best days were behind him, being nearly 39 himself, but he proved us wrong in his last bout, where he dispatched of formerly undefeated Kamil Szeremeta via TKO at the end of round seven back in December.
However, a 41-year-old talent by the name of Sakio Bika, who’s not only closer in age, but has a similar record to De La Hoya, would be a very fitting match up.
With this most recent victory, Bika improved his professional record to 35-7-3, while De La Hoya retired with a record of 39-6 following his defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2008.
Not to mention, De La Hoya’s just a few months older than the man Bika just defeated, having turned 48 in February.
Who wants to see someone who hasn’t fought in 13 years face the second-ranked middleweight in the world? Instead, let’s see him face someone who also hasn’t been the most active, and someone who’d won a couple world titles himself.
In his day, De La Hoya was the holder of the WBO junior-lightweight & lightweight titles, the WBC light-welterweight & welterweight titles, the WBC, WBA, IBA, & Ring Magazine light-middleweight titles, and the WBO middleweight championship.
In Bika’s day, he held the IBO super-middleweight & WBC super-middleweight championships, along with a number of non-world championship titles.
Who would you pick in this match up between Oscar De La Hoya and Sakio Bika?
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