Sullivan Barrera Stops Paul Parker
Photo: Ray Bailey
The Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series teamed up
with HBO Latino for another exciting night of boxing at
the Uncas Ballroom at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino.
The stacked undercard of international and local
prospects was the perfect lead-in to the exciting
televised event on HBO Latino.
In the first fight of the evening, Kazakhstan
middleweight Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (2-0, 1
KO) stopped Javier Olvera (1-1, 1 KO) of Mexico in the
second round. This was Nursultantov's first appearance
in the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series.
The next fight featured former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia
(4-0, 2 KOs) of Georgia (country) against Bryan Goldsby
(4-3) of Macon Georgia. Gogokhia appeared on the Rising
Stars' premiere back in November 2016. Goldsby quit on
the stool after only two rounds with Gogokhia.
Junior middleweights Madiyar Ashkeyev of Kazakhstan
(8-0, 4 KOs) and Brooklyn native Shawn Cameron (10-3, 5
KOs) were set to square off for eight rounds of action.
Ashkeyev suffered a cut over his right eye in the first
round. The injury did not affect his precision. He
continued to connect his vicious combination attacks on
Cameron. Shawn managed to hang in against the
always-tough Ashkeyev until 1:06 of the seventh in a
gutty and gritty performance but the referee called a
halt to the action.
The only fight on the undercard to go the distance was
the eight-round heavyweight battle between local
sensation Cassius Chaney (10-0, 5 KOs) and Detroit, MI
native Juan Goode (8-5, 6 KOs). All three judges scored
the bout 59-55 in the lopsided unanimous decision for
Chaney. After the fight, Chaney said, "Goode was a tough
opponent. He has never been knocked out. I was hoping to
be the first."
The HBO Latino telecast began with the ten-round
middleweight contest between St. Louis' own Vaughn
Alexander (8-0, 5 KOs) and Andres Calixto (14-4, 9 KOs)
of Mexico. This was the first ten-round fight for
Alexander, who accepted the additional rounds on just a
few days' notice when the original co-feature fell out
due to illness. The fight was exciting from
bell-to-bell. The referee deducted a point from Calixto
in the tenth round for holding and hitting. It was
Andres' third offense. Vaughn secured the unanimous
decision victory with the judges scoring the contest
100-89 and 99-90 (2).
After the fight, Alexander said, "It was a great
experience for me. My first time going 10 rounds. I went
in with a clear mind. I got the job done. Going back to
the gym, I know what to expect now."
The main event featured a brawl between Sullivan Barrera
(19-1, 14 KOs) and Paul "Pay Per View" Parker (8-2, 4
KOs). The fight started off with both fighters trading
shots and feeling each other out. Then Parker took five
minutes to recover from a head butt and Barrera
immediately knocked him down at the start of the next
round. Parker managed to get back up and Barrera
suffered a head butt shortly after. Barrera took just a
moment to recover then came out with a vengeance and
knocked down Parker. Within seconds of Parker getting up
from the knockdown, the referee stopped the fight and
Parker's night was done at 2:08 of the fifth round.
An elated Sullivan said about his performance, "I feel
great. Paul Parker is a great boxer but the only time he
hurt me was with the head butt. I guess what happened
with the head butt and everything, finally in the fifth
round I was able to hit him as I wanted and everything
went exactly the way I wanted it to. I am ready for the