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Bika Returns to Sydney

‘SuperBoxer’, the ground-breaking series returning championship boxing to ‘free-to-air’ TV in Australia returns next Thursday – 30thJuly, 2009 on its multi-state journey which has covered Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Following last night’s massive third installment of SuperBoxer in Canberra featuring the much-anticipated re-match between John ‘Hoppa’ Hopoate and ‘Big Bob’ Mirovic and resulting in a well-earned, to the final bell victory to by John Hopoate, The ‘Orion’ Entertainment Centre in Campsie, Sydney will mark the final stop to the initial series and witnesses the return to the ring for 2009 of the IBO World-Champion and former US‘ Contender’ series winner – Sakio ‘The Scorpion’ Bika!

The return of the excitement machine that is ‘The Scorpion’, a supreme world-class boxer who boasts a 27 (18) / 3 / 2 record and is current IBO Super-Middleweight champion. Bika, the former winner of the US ‘Contender’ series has fought champions such as Joe Calzaghe and Lucian Bute and Australia’s very own, Sam ‘The

SuperBoxer has brought entertainment, action and thrilling non-stop bouts throughout the series and any bout with Sakio promises and delivers on the points in spades! Quoted by legend Joe Calzaghe as the toughest and hardest-punching opponent he ever faced in his glittering career, Bika takes on the tough Argentinean and outstanding international opponent with championship pedigree - Ramon Pedro Moyano, son of the great Carlos Monzon who in 1974 defeated Australia’s champion Tony Mundine in Argentina for the World Super-Middleweight title and comes to SuperBoxer with a 27 (15) /8 (2) / 3 record and a promise to take the ‘sting’ out of the ‘Scorpions’ tail!

Bika had this to say when asked about the upcoming bout –“I simply cannot wait for this fight! My record shows I fight the best and I want to show the Australian public what I am about and what the American fans saw of me through ‘The Contender’ series.”“I won my world-title last here in Sydney and I am proud to have this opportunity to showcase my talents on SuperBoxer.” “Anthony Mundine has avoided me for far too long and maybe this is a way for the Australian public to see my punching power and the excitement I bring to the ring and call for Anthony to face me in the future!”

“Thank you to the Empire for affording me this opportunity to show Australia how much sting ‘The Scorpion’ has got!”My opponent may be the son of the legendary Carlos Monzon, but guess what, that won’t help him on the night when he feels the full force of my power!”A smashing undercard features the likes of the Australian Light-Welterweight title going onthe line between defending champion Solomon Egberime (19-2-1, 10 KO's)and Bobby ‘The Greek Warrior’ Antonakos – 11 (3) / 2 (1) / 1 and scheduled for an exciting 10 rounds of boxing!

Zac ‘Shaker’ Awad, the promising youngster from Sydney with a 12 / 0 record who has caught the eye of the likes of Danny Green with quality sparring previously comes to the SuperBoxer stage choc-full of confidence and ready to notch another win. Promoted by ‘Empire Promotions’, SuperBoxer has breathed new life into the Australian boxing scene and allows the mainstream public the excitement of seeing these champion boxers, as well as future stars of tomorrow through ‘free-to-air’ TV on 1HD in a throwback to the ‘halcyon days’ of the 60’s and 70’s through ‘TV Ringside’.

Names such as Dib, Bell, Hopoate and Vea have shone through the SuperBoxer series and now it’s ‘The Scorpions’ turn, along with the supporting undercard to take their kudos onthis exciting stage! Promoter Fidel Tukel of Empire Promotions commented –“I am very proud of SuperBoxer and the promotions we have showcased to the Australian public and with Sakio on our fourth show back here in Sydney, it’s just ices the cake for quality thus far...”

“Sakio, a ‘Contender’ series winner in the US and also the IBO Super MiddleWeight champion brings nothing but power and excitement to the ring and he was a priority for SuperBoxer from day one of planning!” “The undercard featuring an Australian title on the line between Egberime and Antonakos will be a fantastic bout and not to mention the highly-promising Zac Awad who is bring his undefeated record of 12-0 to the table...”

“The feedback and embracement I’ve received from all circles following our shows has been nothing but tremendous and certainly appreciated by the Empire as it’s been a big team effort to bring this to fruition and I thank everyone concerned, especially the fans!”

Event details as follows; Superboxer (Show 4)‘Orion’ Entertainment Centre – 55 Beamish St, Campsie NSW, 2194Thursday 30thJuly, 2009 (Doors open at 6.30pm)Tickets available through Ticketek and Corporate Tables available on 0406 555 566Televised through 1HD (9.00pm telecast)Sakio Bika is available for comment / interview about SuperBoxer and can be arranged through the following: Fidel Tukel – Empire Promotions+61 (0) 406 555 566 or fidel@sultan.com.au

Article posted on 23.07.2009



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