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Douchebag
Looks likes Manfredo might pick up a belt. What are your thoughts on this fight?



Manfredo-Bika IBO world title fight headlines “Tough & Tested”


Brewer-Bundrage IBO title eliminator in co-feature
Nov. 13 at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, live on Versus

PROVIDENCE (October 10, 2008) – Tickets go on sale Wednesday (Oct. 15 at 10 AM/ET) for the November 13th “Tough & Tested” pro boxing show, headlined by an IBO super middleweight title fight between “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr., runner-up in Season One of The Contender, and Sakio “The Scorpian” Bika, winner of Season Three of The Contender, at the newly renovated Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

“Tough & Tested,” co-promoted by the Tournament of Contenders and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), will air nationally live on Versus television. “Tough & Tested” will feature at least five fighters who are “Contender” alumni: Manfredo and Bika in the main event, Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer, winner of Season Two of The Contender, versus fan favorite in Season Two of The Contender, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage, in the IBO light middleweight title eliminator co-feature; runner-up in Season Three of The Contender, Jaidon “The Don” Codrington, in a super middleweight Special Attraction.

“CES, The Contender, Peter and Sakio all want to celebrate the grand re-opening of ‘The Dunk’ by bringing in the IBO world championship title fight between Manfredo and Bika,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “This will be the first pro boxing show at the new Dunkin’ Donuts Center as well as the first major world title fight held there in 17 years, since Vinny Paz stopped Gilbert Dele (at the Providence Civic Center as it was known then) in the 12th round for the WBA light middleweight belt. Manfredo versus Bika is going to be a very tough fight. We also have a good co-feature, the Brewer-Bundrage IBO title eliminator, and we’re putting together a strong, competitive and entertaining undercard starting with Codrington.

“We all want to give something back, too. ‘Tough & Tested’ will benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation (www.gloriagemma.org). We’re calling for a ‘Pink Out’ (everybody wearing something colored pink) to show support for this great cause. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and T-shirt sales will go to the Gloria Gemma Foundation for research into early breast cancer detection.”

Manfredo and Bika have combined to fight in four world title fights and one of them will walk away with the IBO world title belt on Nov. 13.

“The Contender is pleased to stage its third fight in Providence, Rhode Island,” The Contender executive producer Jeff Wald commented. “Providence feels like our second home and we’re grateful for the support Providence has given The Contender and ‘The Pride of Providence.’ Peter Manfredo fought two fan friendly fights against Sergio Mora, as well as two great fights in Providence against (Scott) Pemberton and (Joey) Spina. Fans can always expect action and excitement when Peter Manfredo fights. Sakio Bika went the distance in two world championship fights and won The Contender, Season Three in what many believed was the Fight of the Year against Codrington. Bika’s also an exciting fighter. Manfredo and Bika should be dynamite.

“Grady Brewer won Season Two of The Contender against Steve Forbes, who has gone on to fight Oscar De La Hoya and Andre Berto. His opponent, ‘K9’ Bundrage, just beat former world champion Kasim Ouma. Brewer-Bundrage looks like another exciting fight. Jaidon Codrington knows how to box and he also has knockout power. He was the other half of the Fight of the Year candidate with Bika. Everybody working on The Contender is a big supporter in the fight against breast cancer and we’re thrilled to be associated with the Gloria Gemma Foundation. Fighters aren’t the only ones who are Tough & Tested – women who’ve survived breast cancer are Tough & Tested, too.”

Manfredo (31-5, 16 KOs), the reigning NABF Interim champion, is the WBC No. 13 rated super middleweight. Fighting in front of his hometown fans, “The Pride of Providence” sports a perfect 16-0 (10 KOs) record in Rhode Island, including 3-0 (3 KOs) in the same Providence building as his Nov. 13th showdown against Bika. Manfredo’s five pro career losses have all come at the hands of world champions.

IBF Pan Pacific super middleweight title-holder Bika, a 2000 Cameroon Olympian now fighting out of Australia, won The Contender III with a dramatic eighth round stoppage of Bridgeport, Connecticut native Codrington (18-2, 14 KOs) in the finale in Boston. Bika, rated No. 5 by the IBF and No. 8 by The Ring magazine, hasn’t been stopped in 31 pro fights.

In the 10-round co-feature, Brewer (23-11, 13 KOs), former IBA light middleweight champion, takes on Bundrage (28-3, 16 KOs), IBF rated No. 13, in the IBO junior middleweight title eliminator.

Some of New England’s most talented and popular fighters will be on the soon to be announced undercard.

Tickets, priced at $18.00, $23.00, $58.00, $79.00, $107.00 and $222.00, go on sale Wednesday (Oct. 15 at 10 AM) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office or through CES Boxing at 401.724.2253/2254 or www.cesboxing.com. Tickets will also be on sale through www.Ticketmaster.com and at all local Ticketmaster outlets by calling Ticketmaster direct at 401.331.2211 or 617.931.2000.

For more information call 401.724.2253/2254 or go online to www.cesboxing.com, www.tournamentofcontenders.com or www.dunkindonutscenter.com.

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Mean Mister Mustard
Bika's going to bust Manfredo up.
Douchebag
QUOTE(Mean Mister Mustard @ Oct 11 2008, 01:41 PM) [snapback]406731[/snapback]
Bika's going to bust Manfredo up.


Doubt it. I'm going have my Providence Poms Poms out for this one. Peter just KTFO a guy that Bika had problems with on the contender. Peter has been focused for his last couple of fights and he is fighting like he really wants it. I think some people are going to be surprised at how easy Peter makes this fight look.
BigG
I'm thinking Bika wins a competitive decision
oozemcbuck
bika by BRUTAL ko... what is peter jr/sr thinking ?!?! his father is gonna have to throw the towel in to save him.... heellllooooooooo !!!!!! did you see what bika did to jaidon ?!?!?! multiply that by 3 and that's what's gonna happen. here's how i see manfredo, he's not bad, but not that good either. against fighters on his level (B, B-), he shines, smokes them.( spina, pemberton, the guy bika had trouble with on the contender) as soon as he steps up the level of competition a notch, he folds. ( see calzaghe, lacy) manfredo doesn't have enough power to bang with bika. as soon as bika lands the first bomb, you gonna see manfredo looking at his shoes and the time clock the rest of the fight, for as long as it last....

p.s. i am not a manfredo hater, that's just my honest opinion....
Douchebag
QUOTE(oozemcbuck @ Oct 11 2008, 05:45 PM) [snapback]406737[/snapback]
bika by BRUTAL ko... what is peter jr/sr thinking ?!?! his father is gonna have to throw the towel in to save him.... heellllooooooooo !!!!!! did you see what bika did to jaidon ?!?!?! multiply that by 3 and that's what's gonna happen. here's how i see manfredo, he's not bad, but not that good either. against fighters on his level (B, B-), he shines, smokes them.( spina, pemberton, the guy bika had trouble with on the contender) as soon as he steps up the level of competition a notch, he folds. ( see calzaghe, lacy) manfredo doesn't have enough power to bang with bika. as soon as bika lands the first bomb, you gonna see manfredo looking at his shoes and the time clock the rest of the fight, for as long as it last....

p.s. i am not a manfredo hater, that's just my honest opinion....


I'm as bad as Margarito Fan for this one....................................Peter has a much better chin and is a better boxer than Jaidon Codrington. Peter is going to have his boxing shoes on for this fight and is going to win by a wide UD. Gotta remember in whose backyard this fight is taking place.
FenderDG3
QUOTE(The Conscience @ Oct 11 2008, 01:20 PM) [snapback]406734[/snapback]
Doubt it. I'm going have my Providence Poms Poms out for this one. Peter just KTFO a guy that Bika had problems with on the contender. Peter has been focused for his last couple of fights and he is fighting like he really wants it. I think some people are going to be surprised at how easy Peter makes this fight look.



If you are going to use that logic... what do you say to those who say Bika challenged and lasted a lot longer against Calslappy than Manfredo did. Manfredo will get busted up in this fight.
King Eugene
I hope Manfredo can manage to pull something out of his ass cause if not I dont see this one looking good for him. As long as he doesn't get his by nothing real damaging I can see a decision victory. Just dont be dumb enough to try to exchange like Jaidon did.
Douchebag
QUOTE(FenderDG3 @ Oct 11 2008, 10:16 PM) [snapback]406794[/snapback]
If you are going to use that logic... what do you say to those who say Bika challenged and lasted a lot longer against Calslappy than Manfredo did. Manfredo will get busted up in this fight.


The Calzaghe vs. Manfredo fight was a joke. Not saying the Peter would of won but that stoppage was horrendous, and shouldn't even be discussed as far as I'm concerned.
FenderDG3
QUOTE(The Conscience @ Oct 12 2008, 07:19 AM) [snapback]406847[/snapback]
The Calzaghe vs. Manfredo fight was a joke. Not saying the Peter would of won but that stoppage was horrendous, and shouldn't even be discussed as far as I'm concerned.


I agree that the stoppage was horrendous, but am one of those people that feel that you can't decide an outcome of a possible fight by comparing what two fighters did against the same opponents. Different styles make for different fights. That is why I said "if you are going to use that logic" because I don't subscribe to that logic.
Douchebag
QUOTE(FenderDG3 @ Oct 12 2008, 11:26 AM) [snapback]406858[/snapback]
I agree that the stoppage was horrendous, but am one of those people that feel that you can't decide an outcome of a possible fight by comparing what two fighters did against the same opponents. Different styles make for different fights. That is why I said "if you are going to use that logic" because I don't subscribe to that logic.


For the most part I'm with but in this case both Bika and Donny McCrary have very similar styles. The only difference is that Bika is wilder, and has more power. Mind you McCrary took flush shots from Bika for 6 round and Peter KOed him in 2 rounds.
oozemcbuck
QUOTE(The Conscience @ Oct 12 2008, 12:54 PM) [snapback]406870[/snapback]
For the most part I'm with but in this case both Bika and Donny McCrary have very similar styles. The only difference is that Bika is wilder, and has more power. Mind you McCrary took flush shots from Bika for 6 round and Peter KOed him in 2 rounds.


do you think the fact that mc crary took 6 rounds of flush shots vs bika had something to do with manfredo being able to do it quicker ?!?! he was already softened up. the next guy is probably gonna ko him in 1.
Douchebag
QUOTE(oozemcbuck @ Oct 12 2008, 02:42 PM) [snapback]406883[/snapback]
do you think the fact that mc crary took 6 rounds of flush shots vs bika had something to do with manfredo being able to do it quicker ?!?! he was already softened up. the next guy is probably gonna ko him in 1.


Thats too much specualtion for my taste. Could Bika have softened McCrary...................Maybe. But to say that is really unfounded eventhough he took those shots from Bika, McCrary was never hurt in the fight and showed how tough he is. Manfredo just straight up outclassed McCrary by walking him into check left hook that made McCrary fall face first onto the canvas. Not only that but McCrary fought two times between the Bika fight and the Manfredo fight and wasn't knocked out. I admit the opposition wasn't the greatest but still..............No Ko there so if he wasn't softened up against those guys why should bring that up for the Manfredo fight?
KYLE THEEE SPINKS FAN
This would be a pretty nice fight to see. I wish ESPN would of aired this or something, but oh well. Manfredo should win this fight by decision. He's the better boxer, and won't slug with Bika like Codrington did. And to the person who said Manfredo gets smoked when he steps up, the Lacy fight was a really close fight. I thought it was only a one point fight that could of went either way. If it weren't for the knockdown Manfredo might pull that one off. He's a pretty good fighter, and I think he should beat Bika.
King Eugene
I'm going with Manfredo. I think he is the better skilled boxer.
AussieLad
So what if manfredo finished someone quicker, i dont think there is really any logical argument that can be made that he has more power than Bika.

Its classic boxer vs puncher, and it comes down to whether manfredo can avoid the power shot. Personally, i think Bika gave cazaghe a tough fight, he can hang with boxers. I suspect Manfredo will look good early but fold down the stretch
King Eugene
Manfredo will Prevail. It'll come down to the cards and who wants it more. No one will be getting stopped.
D-MARV
Manfredo SD!
Douchebag
QUOTE(AussieLad @ Oct 14 2008, 04:59 AM) [snapback]407056[/snapback]
So what if manfredo finished someone quicker, i dont think there is really any logical argument that can be made that he has more power than Bika.

Its classic boxer vs puncher, and it comes down to whether manfredo can avoid the power shot. Personally, i think Bika gave cazaghe a tough fight, he can hang with boxers. I suspect Manfredo will look good early but fold down the stretch


I have never even insinuated that Peter has more power than Bika. I was very clear is saying that he outclassed McCrary where Bika had problems with him. Peter got the KO due to his skill more than his power and there is no question who of the two (Manfredo or Bika) is more skilled and smarter fighter.
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