By Ryan Burton

Sources have advised that a deal is nearly finalized for Sakio Bika (34-7-3) to face Lionel Thompson (20-5) on the Lamont Peterson-Sergey Lipinets  Premier Boxing Champions FS1 card that takes place on March 24th. Coverage on FS1 and FOX Deportes begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The action takes place at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, Maryland and the fight will take place at the 168 pound super middleweight weight limit.

The soon to be 40-year-old Bika hasn't fought since 2017 when he picked up two non descript wins in his native Australia. Prior to that he lost two fights in a row against Adonis Stevenson and Anthony Dirrell.

Bika burst onto the American scene back in 2007 when he competed on the popular reality show The Contender. He captured the vacant WBC super middleweight title in 2013 with a majority decision victory over Marco Antonio Periban.

Thompson, who is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, has campaigned his entire career at light heavyweight or at catch-weights slightly above the 175 pound weight limit.  He has won 4 of out of his last 5 bouts with his only loss coming against former title challenger Edwin Rodriguez.

Also on this card is Anthony Peterson, Lamont's brother, battling former junior lightweight world champion Argenis Mendez in a 10-round junior welterweight bout that serves as the co-main event.

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