Sullivan Barrera Hopes To Put On Another Joe Smith Type
Performance Before The End Of The Year
2020 has been a tough year for most of the world. The
COVID-19 pandemic shut down several sports leagues and
brought the sport of boxing to a grinding halt. The sport is
back but without fans and higher level fights are still a
few weeks away from taking place.
Sullivan Barrera is one of the fighters that has been
adversely affected. The former world title challenger was
scheduled to face former champion Sergey Kovalev on April
25th in a DAZN streamed main event. This fight was among the
spring events that were scrapped due to the coronavirus.
Efforts to reschedule the fight for the summer and fall have
so far failed to bear fruit.
Ever the consummate professional, Barrera has stayed active
in the gym and is in great shape. He is looking to return to
the ring in either November or December.
"I trained hard for the Kovalev fight. That was the fight to
get me right back in the mix to fight for a world title,"
said Barrera. "I only took a week off when the fight was
canceled and I got right back in the gym."
At this point in his career the former Cuban amateur
standout is only interested in meaningful fights. With the
Kovalev fight looking less and less likely, he is interested
in facing any of the champions or top rated fighters in the
loaded light heavyweight division.
"I am ready to fight any world champion and the best
challengers in my division. I am a free agent and it is easy
to make a fight with me. Just call my manager and show me
where to sign," Barrera stated.
Barrera holds a win over surging light heavyweight Joe Smith
Jr. and also has faced elite fighters like Andre Ward and
Dmitry Bivol. He feels rejuvenated and believes that he can
produce another performance similar to his win over Smith
when he knocked him down and broke his jaw.
"I am very hungry and can't wait to get back in the ring. It
has been too long. Hopefully one of these guys steps up to
the plate so I can prove that I still have it," Barrera