I want to fight The Man?: Bika
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
ANTHONY Mundine may be looking towards bigger fish in the pond when weighing up who he's going to fight in the near future but there was one man at the Coffs Ex-Services Club on Friday night who says he only needs to look on home soil to find a quality opponent.
After claiming the vacant IBF Australasian Super Middleweight title with a second round knockout of Thailand's Dechapon Suwuunalird, Sakio Bika says that he's capable of putting on a show against Mundine that would leave fight fans drooling.
"First, I want to challenge the best in Australia, Anthony Mundine," he said.
"I want to fight him maybe at the end of 2007. My plan for this year, I need to try to go and win a couple of fights and try to get my ranking into the top 10, top five or top three in the world and try to fight again for a title, maybe Kessler or drop down to middleweight and fight Jermain Taylor."
After being on the receiving end of one too many punishing body shots, the towel was thrown in by Suwunnulird's corner only two minutes into the second round.
Although pleased with winning the bout in such a short period of time, Bika did admit that he hoped for a longer workout.
"I didn't want it to stop, I wanted to try to box and try to put some shots together that I was working on before the fight," Bika added.
"I wanted to see if I could box and see if I could stay around for six or eight or ten rounds."