Rudi Pika was an outstanding amateur who as a junior won the national schools title before representing his country at international level and going on to win the senior Welsh title at heavyweight, aged just 17. He was also ABA runner-up twice at heavyweight; on the second occasion dropping a controversial points decision to future WBC champion Frank Bruno. Pika turned professional under the management of Mickey Duff at 18 and at the time was rated as a real prospect. Some predicted a re-match with Bruno once both had entered the paid ranks. However, despite being undefeated as a professional, he was not active enough to really fulfill his potential and Pika had drifted out of the sport by his mid-20s. Tragically he took his own life shortly after this. Rudi's brother Heino Pika also boxed, both at amateur and professional level.