RingTV.com has a live round-by-round update on this page of Saturday night’s super middleweight rematch at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., during which Anthony Dirrell dethroned WBC titleholder Sakio Bika by unanimous decision in a rematch of their draw in December.
While Bika (32-6-3, 21 knockouts), 35, was dropped in the fifth round and penalized for fouling in their first fight, the 29-year-old Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) had vowed to duplicate the efforts of fellow cancer survivor Daniel Jacobs, who stopped Jarrod Fletcher in the fifth round on August 9.
“I want to thank Sakio Bika for giving me the rematch. It was great, man. This journey has been amazing. With all of my friends and family being around me, I can’t even fathom this, right now. I wasn’t never close to giving up on this. I knew I could out-box this guy. First fight, I got out of my game plan when I knocked him down, but I stuck to it, this time,” said Dirrell.
“I did the job. I got it done. I’m WBC champion of the world. Hard work. I wasn’t on the ropes. The first fight, I was on the ropes, just sitting there. This fight, I boxed him. That’s what I knew I could do all along. I already overcame the biggest fight of my life. Me and Danny Jacobs. Congratulations on your championship, Daniel. I’m happy. I can’t even explain it.”
Dirrell had an advantage in overall punches (156-to-124), power shots (104-to-86), and, jabs (52-38).
The Showtime broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Bika vs. Dirrell II
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Referee: Jack Reiss
Judges: Steve Morrow, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti had the fight 114-113, 116-111, and, 117-110, all for Dirrell.
ANTHONY DIRRELL WINS BY UNANIMOUS DECISION!!
RINGTV.COM HAS IT FOR DIRRELL, 119-109
Round 1: Dirrell wings a right hand and then a left, after which he was off balance and Bika threw a punch that landed behind Dirrell’s head. Referee Jack Reiss warned Bika. Dirrell and Bika tumble to the canvas, shortly thereafter, and Reiss warns both fighters again. Dirrell continued to attack. Dirrell lands a right hand and two more clubbing rights during a clinch. Sweeping right to the head by Dirrell and another. Left hook to the chest by Dirrell. More rights during another clinch by Dirrell. Right to the body by Bika, and a decent jab by Bika. Jab and right by Bika and another right that swivels Dirrells head. Right to the head by Bika that had followed one to the body. Dirrell goes down, but it’s a slip. Dirrell, 10-9.
Round 2: Dirrell fires and lands three jabs. Bika’s jabbing as well. Jab to the chest and right to the head by Dirrell. They trade lefts during a clinch. Left and right by Bika. Dirrell switching to southpaw, lands a wide right and a left. Reiss says for the fighters to “stop the bulls–t.” Jab by Dirrell and a right. Dirrell still fighting as a southpaw. Two right hands during a clinch by Bika. Left by Dirrell. Another straight left by Dirrell, who later takes a right. Dirrell, 10-9; Dirrell, 20-18.
Round 3: Trainer Kevin Cunningham wants Bika to jab more. Bika lands two lefts inside during a clinch. Two left hands by Dirrell, the second of which appears to stun Bika. More clinching and in-fighting. Dirrell fires two right hands to the body. Solid jabs by Dirrell. Jab, right, jab all by Dirrell from an orthodox stance. Another jab by Dirrell. Jab to the body and two rights by Dirrell, the second of which swivel Bika’s head. Dirrell appears to be dictating the tone of the fight, jab and choosing to land the right. Bika lands a solid right and then chases Dirrell to the ropes where he lands more blows. Right by Dirrell. Dirrell, 10-9; Dirrell, 30-27.
Round 4: Dirrell still fighting out of the orthodox style, gets off a couple of jabs and right hands early on. Bika lands a jab but takes a long right hand. Double-jab by Bika. Another Bika jab. Clinch. Left by Bika inside. Dirrell has out-landed Bika to the body, 18-to-6, thus far. Dirrell back to the southpaw stance. Three jabs by Dirrell, who also takes a jab from Bika. Reiss warning Dirrell for roughhousing. Left by Dirrell and then a jab. Dirrell switches to the southpaw stance. Bika lands twice on the ropes, but gets out-hustled by Dirrell and backs off. Right uppercut by Bika. Bika, 10-9; Dirrell, 39-37.
Round 5: Dirrell back to jabbing, but Bika lands one of his own and two more shots. Two lefts inside by Dirrell. Three right hands inside by Dirrell in a clinch. Dirrell back to orthodox. They trade jabs. Bika lands two left hands inside during a clinch to the body. Right by Bika, left uppercut by Dirrell. Left uppercut by Bika. Jab and right by Bika, left by Bika. Left by Dirrell, but he takes a right. Left uppercut by Dirrell. Hook and right by Dirrell. Jab and two rights followed by a left from Bika. Hard right by Bika and a right from Dirrell. Hard right and left by Dirrell shake Bika. Left uppercut and a right stun Bika just prior to the bell. Dirrell, 10-9; Dirrell, 49-46.
Round 6: Jab early by Bika. Double-jab by Bika and a couple of jabs by Bika. Dirrell appearing to be in control. Takes a counter right from Bika, but Dirrell lands a left and then a right. Dirrell lands a right cross out of the orthodox stance. Hook by Bika. Jab to the head and two rights to the body by Dirrell. Jab and right hand by Bika. Jab and right uppercut by Dirrell and two more lefts. Left hook to the body by Dirrell. Lead right by Dirrell that swivels Bika’s head. Jab by Bika and a hook by Bika. Dirrell, 10-9; Dirrell, 59-55.
Round 7: Dirrell comes out with the jab as a an orthodox fighter. Hard right hand by Dirrell wobbles Bika, and then, another later from Dirrell. Jab and right by Dirrell, who takes a short right. Steve Farhood has it for Dirrell, 59-55. Dirrell is landing the cleaner punches, including a clean straight right. Right hand to the ear by Dirrell. Left and right to the body by Bika. Left uppercut by Dirrell and a right and another all to the head by Dirrell. Solid blows. Two jabs to the body and a right to the head by Dirrell. Dirrell, 10-9; Dirrell, 69-64.
Round 8: Dirrell has settled down behind his jab and out of the orthodox stance. Lead left uppercut to the head by Dirrell. Farhood has it 69-64 for Dirrell. Low blow landed by Bika, as Reiss gives Dirrell time to recover. REISS TAKES A POINT FROM BIKA. Bika lands a right to the body on the ropes. Bika lands a succession of shots to the head and body in two separate corners. HARD RIGHT HAND STAGGERS BIKA. Dirrell to the canvas from a tackle by Bika, but he’s up. Another right hand by Dirrell. Both fighters drilling to the body. Bika lands a right to the head. Jab by Bika. Hard right to the head by Dirrell prior to the bell. Dirrell, 10-8; Dirrell, 79-72.
Round 9: Dirrell resumes his stature as the boxer, and Farhood has it for Dirrell, 79-72. Solid left hook by Dirrell to the head by Dirrell, and, later, a hard right and another left hook by Dirrell. Bika lands a decent jab. Jab to the body by Dirrell. Another decent jab by Dirrell, again, all from the orthodox stance. Double-jab by Bika, but he takes a jab. Bika lands to the body with a jab. Dirrell goes to the canvas, and is hit behind the head as he goes down. Reiss rules that it is a slip and gives him time to recover. Reiss tells Dirrell that he will not take a point from Bika. Calls the punch “incidental.” Jab and right uppercut by Dirrell, who is on his toes boxing well at round’s end. Dirrell, 10-9; Dirrell, 89-81.
Round 10: Solid jabs to the head and the body by Dirrell. Dirrell tumbles to the canvas yet again from a ruled slip. Dirrell remains in control. Jab and right by Dirrell. Bika starting to look fatigued and flustered. They trade left hands. Bika lands a hook. Right hand by Bika. Right by Dirrell and a double-jab. Jab to the body and right to the head by Bika. Double-jab by Dirrell and a counter-right by Bika. Four straight jabs by Dirrell and a hook by Bika. Dirrell switches to southpaw and lands a jab, but takes a right and a left. Even. 10-10; Dirrell, 99-91.
Round 11: Left hook and jab by Bika. Jab by Dirrell. Clinch. Dirrell out of the orthodox stance. Bika swarms but doesn’t land much. Farhood has it for Dirrell, 98-91. Double-jab by Bika. Jab to the chest by Dirrell and a hook. Left to the body and right to the head by Dirrell. Dirrell’s landing cleaner and crisper. Jab by Dirrell. Left hook to the body by Dirrell and a right to the head. Jab by Bika and another. Double-jab and right by Bika. Right hand to the body by Bika. Solid effort. Jab by Dirrell. Bika’s on the ropes and takes a right to the body. Right to the head by Dirrell. Left to the body by Dirrell. Dirrell, 10-9; Dirrell, 109-100.
Round 12: Both fighters told not to do anything dumb. Bika told by trainer Kevin Cunningham that he needs a KO. Farhood has it for Dirrell, 107-101. Hook and a right by Bika. Jab by Dirrell and a body shot. Right to the head and the body by Dirrell. Jab by Bika. Hook by Bika and a left by Dirrell. Right by Bika. Left by Dirrell. Jab by Bika. Right uppercut by Bika. Hook by Dirrell. Jab by Dirrell. Jab by Dirrell. Double-jab by Bika. Right by Dirrell and another. Bika lands a left in between. Left uppercut and a right by Dirrell. Right by Bika. Dirrell, 10-9; Dirrell, 119-109.
RINGTV.COM HAS IT FOR DIRRELL, 119-109