Sakio Bika vs. Dyah Davis on Saturday
LOS ANGELES, May 30 - Before the SHOWTIME televised quadrupleheader "Four Warned" takes place on Saturday, June 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the action will get underway with four additional intriguing matchups that are expected to have fans on their feet from start to finish.
Article posted on 30.05.2012
Headlining the undercard will be a 10-round battle for the NABF Super Middleweight title between talented up-and-comer Dyah Davis and perennial contender Sakio Bika that will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Also in action in separate bouts will be unbeaten lightweight rising star Sharif "The Lion" Bogere, lightweight power-punching prospect Omar "Panterita" Figueroa and debuting Juan Reynoso.
"Four Warned" features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (29-6, 20 KO's) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO's) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO's) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO's) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO's) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against number 3 rated WBA super welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO's) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO's) facing IBF number five rated contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO's) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts will be televised on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. "Four Warned" is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.
Tickets for "Four Warned" are on sale for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium are priced at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.
The son of 1976 United States Olympic Gold Medalist Howard Davis Jr., Glen Cove, New York's Dyah Davis (21-2-1, 9 KO's) has shown in his recent fights that he's ready to step up and make his move on the super middleweight division's elite. A professional since 2004 with impressive boxing skills and ring savvy, the 30-year-old Davis calmly paid his dues on the way up and when he was put in the spotlight against then 20-0 Marcus Johnson in April of 2011, he delivered, winning a clear cut unanimous decision. Victories over Darnell Boone and Alfonso Lopez (in which he captured the vacant NABF Super Middleweight title) have followed and now he will test himself yet again when he faces the always tough Sakio Bika.
A punishing puncher with both hands whose aggressive style makes him someone no fighter wants to tangle with, 33-year-old Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika (29-5-2, 20 KO's) wants to beat Dyah Davis for his NABF title Saturday night and resume his quest for a world title. A two-time world title challenger who went the distance with Andre Ward and Joe Calzaghe, the Sydney, Australia-based native of Cameroon has won seven of his last nine fights, including knockouts of Peter Manfredo Jr. and Jaidon Codrington, the latter victory earning him NBC's hit reality boxing series 'The Contender' title. Now Bika seeks some more hardware for his trophy case and Davis is standing in his way.
Uganda native Sharif "The Lion" Bogere (22-0, 14 KO's) has been warmly embraced by fans in his adopted home of Las Vegas, and that's easy to understand considering the performances the exciting 23-year-old has been putting on in the ring. The current NABO lightweight champion whose last three wins have come against tough competition with a decision win over Raymundo Beltran and knockout victories over Francisco Contreras and Sergio Rivera, Bogere looks to be on his way to the top of the 135 lb. division. On June 2 he will face another tough challenge from Downey, California's Manuel Leyva (21-5, 12 KO's), a crafty southpaw has proven he can hang tough with powerful competition as evidenced by his spirited effort against Joel "El Cepillo" Casamayor in 2011. Saturday night against Bogere, the 29-year-old Leyva plans to prove that when pressure's on, he's at his best.
Weslaco, Texas' Omar Figueroa (16-0-1, 13 KO's) has always garnered rave reviews as a rising star in the fight game, but in 2012 the 22-year-old raised the bar even higher going 3-0 with three knockouts before even hitting the midway point of the year. Impressing fight fans with a sixth round stoppage over then-unbeaten fellow prospect Mikey Perez in January to win the vacant WBO Youth Intercontinental lightweight title, Figueroa went on to crush Ramon Ayala and Robbie Cannon in two rounds each in March and May, respectively. On Saturday he faces St Joseph, Missouri's Tyler Ziolkowski (14-15, 8 KO's) in a six round junior welterweight bout, with Ziolkowski planning to upset Figueroa's hot streak.
Rounding out the event will be a four round super welterweight bout that will see Antonio Tarver protégé Juan Reynoso of Tampa, Florida making his professional debut against Beau Hamilton (0-1) of Montague, California.
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