Ward Keeps WBA Crown with Decision over Bika

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OAKLAND, California (AFP) - American Andre Ward remained unbeaten and retained his World Boxing Association super-middleweight title with a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over Sakio Bika.Ward, fighting in front of his hometown crowd on Saturday, improved to 23-0 as he looks toward a semi-final clash with Arthur Abraham in the Super Six super-middleweight tournament.Ward didn't land many big shots but repeatedly stung Cameroon-born Australian Bika with a left jab that the challenger couldn't find a way to counter.One judge scored it 120-108 for Ward, while two others made it 118-110.Ward took the fight with Bika after Andre Dirrell pulled out of the tournament citing headaches and dizziness.Bika now stands at 28-5-2.Ward was already assured of his Super Six semi-final spot, and the lineup was confirmed earlier Saturday in Helsinki when Britain's Carl Froch regained the WBC super-middleweight title with a unanimous decision over German-Armenian Abraham in a Super Six bout.Froch will fight Glen Johnson in the Super Six semis.Both Ward and the 31-year-old Bika finished the night cut and bloodied after a rough bout that saw each warned at different times by referee Dan Stell. …