Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell fought to a split-decision draw on the Zab Judah-Paulie Malignaggi card Saturday night in Brookly, N.Y.
Thus, Bika retained the WBC super middleweight title he won by outpointing Marco Antonio Periban in June.
Bika (32-5-3, 21 knockouts) was much busier than Dirrell, pressuring the Flint, Mich., fighter from beginning to end and pounding his body. Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) scored well with counterpunches but might not have been busy enough to win.
Dirrell put Bika down in the fifth round, when he hurt the titleholder from Cameroon with a right and sent him to canvas with a series of follow-ups. Bika also lost a point in the 11th round for punching below the belt.
The scores were: 114-112 for Bika (or eight rounds to four), 116-110 for Dirrell (eight rounds to four) and 113-113 (seven rounds to five for Bika). I scored it 114-112 for Dirrell (six rounds apiece).
A full report will follow shortly.