Bika mounted a rally in round five. He used his jab and kept Dirrell off balance.
Dirrell was back in control in the next heat. A counter right-uppercut stunned Bika at the bell. He did even better in round six. Dirrell was able to land a variety of shots, including a perfect right hand lead.
The twenty-nine-year-old Dirrell, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006, maintained his advantage in the next few rounds. Unlike their first battle, where Bika took over in the second half of the bout, it was the younger man who began to dominate.
Bika, 35, lost a point for low blows in round eight. He needed to do more, but looked gassed.
The point deduction seemed to depress him.
Bika, likely aware he was behind on points, found his second wind in round 11.
Dirrell landed a sharp uppercut in the last round. He fought like a guy who knew had the fight in the bag. Bika missed with a number of looping right hands.
“I knew I could box this guy,” said Dirrell in the ring after the fight. ”I did the job and got it done. I’m the WBC super-middleweight champion. I‘m happy.”
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