Thysse cannon fodder for Bika?

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Andre Thysse, SA boxer  in Johannesburg .
PHOTO: ANTONIO MUCHAVE
20051201amu Sports/boxing Andre Thysse, SA boxer in Johannesburg . PHOTO: ANTONIO MUCHAVE

Former South African super middleweight champion Andre Thysse will continue to serve as a stepping stone for rising stars overseas when he faces Cameroon-born Sakio Bika in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday.

Former South African super middleweight champion Andre Thysse will continue to serve as a stepping stone for rising stars overseas when he faces Cameroon-born Sakio Bika in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday.

The 37-year-old has been shipped out to fight in Germany or Canada as an opponent for future stars from those countries.

But Thysse, whose boxing style still tests the best of fighters, has never been knocked out. Three of his last fights were one-sided losses, but he never went down.

He dropped a points decision to German Juergen Braehmer in February last year, before losing to Canadian fighters Lucian Bute and Adrian Diaconu in March and May, respectively.

Thysse can, however, take comfort in the fact that his three opponents were unbeaten when they faced him.

In Bika, he will face a fighter who is 10 years his junior, has lost and drawn twice in 25 fights.

The IBF Australasian super middleweight crown at stake will pave the way for Bika to challenge for an IBF title that was recently stripped from super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe.

Bika has lost to Calzaghe on a close points decision. - Sapa

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