OAKLAND, CA -- When Andre Ward’s original opponent, Andre Dirrell, pulled out of their scheduled scrap, the boxing world wondered if Ward’s focus would waver, now that the bout would be outside the confines of the “Super Six” tournament.
Unfortunately for Sakio Bika, there would be no letdown.
Ward, 168, punished his relentlessly charging opponent over 12 rounds in front of his hometown fans at the Oracle Arena to make the second successful defense of his WBA super middleweight title by unanimous decision.
Marty Sammon scored it 120-108, Jon Schorle 118-110, and Hunter Walton 118-110, all in favor of the 2004 Olympic gold medalist.
While the final margin was decisive, Ward was not satisfied with his performance.