Barrera vs. Parker April 15 On HBO Latino
Sullivan Barrera (18-1, 13 KOs), the exciting Miami-based
light heavyweight from Cuba, will return to HBO Latino
Boxing on Saturday, April 15 at Mohegan Sun's Uncas Ballroom
against Toledo, OH native Paul "Pay Per View" Parker (8-1, 4
KOs). Barrera will look to build on his thrilling knockout
victory on HBO Latino® Boxing in Decemberover previously
unbeaten prospect Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, while the prospect
Parker looks to make a statement in the biggest challenge of
his career to date. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at
11:00 p.m. ET (live ET/tape-delayed PT).
Barrera, 35, of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba made his professional
debut in 2009 after defecting to the United States. His
career began with five straight knockouts and nearly
seven-year undefeated streak until he suffered his first
defeat against current WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight
World Champion Andre "SOG" Ward in March of last year.
Barrera bounced back in late 2016 with his upset KO over
Shabranskyy in his most-recent appearance on HBO Latino.
Parker, 32, has had an impressive career thus far since his
professional debut in 2012. His only loss was a third-round
TKO against Shabranskyy in June of 2015. He rebounded in
early 2016 with an eight-round split decision victory over
Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson.
When asked about the fight Sullivan Barrera said, "I'm
excited to be back on HBO. I want to thank my team, my
promoter Main Events and HBO for putting this all together.
It has been a tough start to the year for me but I've been
in the gym working and ready for this opportunity. It is
another step towards the ultimate goal of contending for a
world title. My opponent is a very good boxer we have
studied him in the gym and are ready for everything he will
bring come April 15th."
Parker added, "Well everyone thinks it's a risky fight but
where other see risk I see opportunity and I plan to
capitalize on this opportunity!"
In the televised co-feature, Russian slugger Arif "The
Predator" Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs) will take on Mexican
prospect Elias "Latin Kid" Espadas (13-3, 8 KOs) in a
ten-round middleweight showdown. Magomedov, 24, last
appeared on HBO Latino in May of last year when he last a
hard-fought battle to Andrew Hernandez in Las Vegas. In his
most recent bout he stopped Chris Herrmann in the second
round in his home country of Russia.
Espadas, 26, is from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and made his
professional debut nearly five years ago in his home country
of Mexico. He has fought several times in the US in both
California and Florida but this will be his first time
fighting in New England. He has won his last four fights in
a row with three of those wins coming by way of knockout.
The event is part of the "Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing
Series" presented by Mohegan Sun and Main Events. The
exciting joint-venture, which features boxing prospect from
New England and around the world, met with rave reviews
after the debut event in November. As part of the
untelevised undercard, the latest installment of "Rising
Stars" will feature the return of local fighters Cassius
Chaney from New London, CT, Reinaldo Graceski from
Springfield, Mass., Kevin Asmat from Union City, NJ, and
Shawn Cameron from Brooklyn, NY. Also returning to Mohegan
Sun are highly-touted middleweight prospect Vaughan
Alexander and international talents Enriko Gogokhia, a
junior middleweight from Ukraine, Madiyar Ashkeyev, a junior
middleweight from Kazakhstan, and Meiirim Nursultanov a
middleweight also from Kazakhstan. Tickets, which are priced
at $50 and $75, are available now through Ticketmaster and
the Mohegan Sun box office.
According to Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva, "The first Rising
Stars was a great night of fights and a great success. I'm
very pleased that we are coming back so quickly for the
second installment and get a chance to build on the momentum
of the debut. Bringing in HBO Latino Boxing to televise
these really fun fights - Sullivan Barrera vs. Paul Park and
Arif Magomedov vs. Elias Espadas - is just icing on the
"I am looking forward to some great fights on April 15,
2017. HBO has not been in the building for many years and
with them teaming up with Main Events, it will be an
exciting night", said Michael Mazzulli, Director of Athletic
Regulations for the Mohegan Tribe.
Sullivan Barrera vs. Paul Parker is a 10-round light
heavyweight bout presented by Main Events and Mohegan Sun as
part of the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series. Doors
open at 7:00 p.m. ET. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins
at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) with a ten-round
middleweight match-up between Arif "The Predator" Magomedov
and Elias "Latin Kid" Espadas. Tickets, which are priced at
$50 and $75, are available now through Ticketmaster, the
Mohegan Sun box office or the Main Events' office. The card
is presented by Main Events in association with Shamo Boxing
and A&T Events and Promotions.