Posts Tagged ‘Sullivan Barrera’


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How confident are you in your abilities? Enough to bet $150,000? That’s essentially what Sullivan Barrera did when he turned down a career-high payday ($400,000) to face WBO title-holder Sergey Kovalev last night at Madison Square Garden. Insulted by the fact Main Events wouldn’t commit to a second fight with a higher purse, Barrera opted to face blue-chip prospect Dmitry Bivol for $250,000, believing a good showing would lead to better standing at the negotiating table with Kovalev.

It was a showcase alright — Dmitry Bivol is now in line for an eventual Kovalev fight after dismantling Barrera over 12 one-sided rounds and scoring a late stoppage.

There was little to criticize from Bivol. He outlanded Barrera 243-77, and controlled range by out-jabbing the Cuban 97-10. Barrera tried to make it a rough affair, but his tendency to lunge forward after power shots resulted in Bivol clipping him with 3-4 punch combinations. It was reminiscent of how Juan Manuel Marquez would punish foes for wayward punches.

The finishing combination was a 1-2 right down the pike. Barrera beat the count but was in no shape to continue on.

In only his fourth year as a pro, I wouldn’t rush Bivol into a Kovalev unification just yet. The Krusher should set his sights on the winner of Badou Jack vs. Adonis Stevenson, which would give the 13-0 Bivol at least two more fights to hone his craft.

As for the rest of us, let Barrera serve as a shining example not to bet against Bivol.





Watch the live stream for the official weigh-in for Sergey Kovalev’s bout against Igor Mikhalkin. The fight airs Saturday night (March 3) at 10 p.m. ET live from the Madison Square Garden Theater. Today’s stream will also feature the co-main event weights of Sullivan Barrera vs. Dmitry Bivol.



INDIO, CA — Sullivan Barrera rebounded from his March loss to Andre Ward with hard-fought seventh round KO over favored Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at the Fantasy Springs Casino on HBO Latino.

BARRERA PULLS OFF THE “UPSET:” This was an entertaining scrap for all seven rounds. Barrera jumped out to an early lead when he dropped Shabranskky in the first off a series of overhand rights. Shabranskky looked shell-shocked until he buzzed Barrera with a counter right uppercut and score his own knockdown in the second.

From there, the fight turned into a contest of “whoever displays competent defense first wins.” Both guys were lunging in and susceptible to counter shots. The ensuing rounds revealed that Barrera could handle the dogfight, while Shabranskky wilted until his corner threw in the towel following two overhand rights that scored a second knockdown.

“With this win, I proved all the people who bad mouthed me wrong,” said Sullivan Barrera. “This win is for all the boxing fans outs there. I want to specifically thank my trainer, Derik Santos. He sat me down, we watched the tapes, and he said to me, ‘Sullivan, this is what you have to do to get the win.’ This proves that my career in boxing is alive. I want a rematch with Andre Ward.”

Barrera is definitely getting ahead of himself talking about a Ward rematch, but this fight shows he is a capable fighter and quality addition to the 175 pound division.

As for Shabranskky, you have to wonder if his team is kicking themselves for turning down that career-high payday Ward offered in March.

ELLIS MAKES QUICK WORK OF GOMEZ: Rashidi Ellis was supposed to be a close fight pitting a young gunner (Eillis) against a still young but experienced fighter (Gomez). Ellis had other plans and made Gomez look like cannon fodder via a quick first round KO.

The undefeated Ellis lived up to his nickname of “Speedy” by blasting Gomez with a counter right cross. Gome never saw the punch and toppled backward on the seat of his trunks. He beat the count only to back pedal into another right that sent him careening through the ropes.

“It’s been a long time since I was able to get a knock out in the first round,” said Ellis. “I told my team I was going to win, and I entered the ring with confidence. When I landed that first jab, I felt an urgency. I could see it in his eyes that he knew I was going to win. Now with this belt, I feel like I can take anyone.”

RONNY RIOS RTD6 ROY TAPIA: This fight featured two East L.A. guys. Rios was just too much for Tapia and administered a beating over the last few rounds before the corner wisely called it off. Rios had a three-year experience edge and that shined through in this bout.

“It was a body shot in the first round that really affected me,” admitted Tapia. “After the fight, Ronny came up to me and told me to keep my head up and to keep fighting. I’m going to listen to him.”

“I was just in there having fun,” said Rios. “I’m more aware of my surroundings. I could hear my coach, and I could relax my arms so much more. I was in the same position Roy is in now at one point in my career, and all I can say is that you learn so much more with a loss than you ever could with a win.”


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OAKLAND — Andre Ward and Sullivan Barrera are in great shape ahead of their light-heavyweight showdown taking place Saturday night at the Oracle Arena. Ward tipped the scales at 174.8 and Barrera at 174.4 pounds. This fight will be Ward’s first in nine months and since recovery from knee surgery in August. Complications forced Ward to withdraw a November fight on the Canelo vs. Cotto undercard.

On this undercard, Jojo Diaz and Jayson Velez face off for the NABF featherweight title. Diaz weighed in at 125.75, and Velez at 125.5.

The card airs live on HBO March 26 at 10 p.m ET.


Roc Nation Sports has confirmed Andre Ward will make his official light-heavyweight debut on March 26 against Sullivan Barrera in 12-round bout at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

The fight has featured several missteps, starting with Ward withdrawing from a date on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez due to a left knee injury last November. Later, the fight was stalled over money as Barrera held out for a larger purse. For the last month, Barrera has taunted Ward over Twitter, causing the former super-middleweight kingpin to have extra motivation for this matchup.

“I don’t really have much to say other than this. On March 26, it will be very simple. I’ll be in a new weight class against a tough opponent but I’m coming with the same approach,” said Ward. “I’ll be in great shape and ready for battle. Sullivan Barrera has had a lot to say lately and I love it. He’s going to have an opportunity to back up every word that he has spoken. These are the type of challenges I like and on March 26, it’s go time.”

The 33 year old Barrera was in line to become the mandatory challenger for WBA/WBO/IBF champion Sergey Kovalev, who has a tentative agreement to face Ward by year’s end on HBO pay-per-view. Either foe is a formidable task for the undefeated Cuban, who’s most notable victories are against Karo Murat (KO5) and Jeff Lacy (TKO4). In the end, Barrera decided Ward was the more lucrative and sure-fire option.

“We as a team had a tough choice to make – crash the party by taking out Ward first or wait for the mandatory and take out Kovalev,” Barrera explained. “We decided that the time is now. Ward will fall first and then we will go after the belts.”

The bout airs live on HBO with tickets on sale today via