Sakio Bika came out of retirement to settle the bill with his oldest ring rival before targeting a far bigger prize

The previous super middleweight title list dominated compatriot Sam Soliman on his way to a one-sided, unanimous decision win in eight rounds, the results were 80-73, 79-73 and 78-74 in favor of Bika in her trilogy fight on Wednesday night at the Newcastle Entertainment Center in Newcastle, Australia

“I want to fight Oscar de la Hoya,” insisted Bika after the one-sided affair July at the Triller Fight Club Pay-Per-View to

The pace of the eight-round rubber match was exactly what you’d expect from a pair of 40 boxers fighting well beyond their prime, 47-year-old Soliman deliberately approaching the gate, battling over with a protective brace the right knee and never really found his rhythm

Bika, 41, was content with being able to take a punch without worrying about a lot coming back The previous super middleweight title list shot its stroke and occasionally followed up with the right hand heel, a pattern that was enough to control the action over three rounds

Soliman turned the page briefly on lap four and was able to work his way into it while Bica’s punching power decreased. It only lasted until the next picture, as did his skin when a clash of heads left Soliman with a deep cut above his left eye wasn’t strict enough to end the fight, but it was enough for Bika to regain orientation and regain control

Bika had Soliman in trouble in the last 90 seconds of the seventh round. A flush right hand caught Soliman clean on the chin and left the previous middleweight title list on shaky legs. Bika continued to exert heavy pressure and landed another right hand on the Ropes and peppered Soliman with combinations even though he couldn’t finish the show

Soliman came out bloody and insecure on the eighth and final lap, gasping for breath as Bika was methodical in his attack before loading down the track.A left hook had Soliman in trouble and Bika landed several more heavy punches, however, only missed those who could really end the fight

Bika opted for a one-sided victory instead to move up 2-1 in their 18+ rivalry, the win pushes his record to 35-7-2 (22KOs) after winning his last three starts the previous one Opportunity came in October 2017 as he retired to get into the ring with his old rival

The rematch takes place more than 13 years after the two met in the second season semifinals of The Contender in Los Angeles, where Bika made an eight-round decision on a far more competitive affair and got much closer to their respective primes, Bika won the boxing reality series and avenged Soliman a defeat five years earlier

Soliman drops to 46-15-1 (19KOs), ending an undefeated streak in three fights.The fight was his first since April 2019 and hopefully the last call in a career that dates back to 1997. The Melbourne-born American won the IBF middleweight title in a rematch with Felix Sturm in May 2014 that lasted less than five months before relinquishing the crown to Jermain Taylor in October 2014

Bika clinched the WBC super middleweight title in June 2013 and won the belt on his fourth attempt, having previously missed Joe Calzaghe and compatriot Anthony Mundine twice in his reign, battling Anthony Dirrell for one Tie before losing the belt by a 12-round decision in August 2014 rematch

The bout was broadcast live on the map of a scheduled 12-round junior middleweight bout between Tim Tszyu (17-0, 13KOs) and Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7KOs)

Sam Soliman, Sakio Bika

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