Jean Paul Mendy vs. Sakio Bika
2010-07-31 : Jean-Paul Mendy 167 lbs beat Sakio Bika 166 lbs by DQ at 1:18 in round 1 of 12
- Location: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Joe Cortez
- Judge: Eric Cheek
- Judge: Richard Houck
- Judge: Robert Hoyle
In an IBF super middleweight eliminator on the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz (2nd meeting), Sakio Bika, in his first fight in a year, knocked down Jean Paul Mendy with a left hook to the temple which put Mendy on his right knee. Before the referee could intervene, Bika threw a right uppercut at Mendy (with Mendy still on the floor), sending Mendy face first to the canvas motionless. Referee Joe Cortez immediately disqualified Bika at 1:18 of the first. Mendy was immediately taken to the hospital. The winner of this bout was scheduled to face the winner of the October bout between IBF champion Lucian Bute and challenger Jesse Brinkley. Bika, who won four fights in the United States 2007-2008, faced license suspension in the United States by the Nevada Athletic Commission under Section NRS 467.110e for unsportsmanlike conduct. Bika stated "I'm really disappointed. I never saw that his knee was on the canvas." Gabriel Gaide, Mendy's manager, stated after the bout Mendy was fine and was ready for his first chance at a world title.