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Sullivan Barrera vs. Felix Valera Part of HBO Triple on Nov. 25

By Keith Idec

The third component of an HBO’s tripleheader has been finalized for November 25.

According to an ESPN.com story posted Thursday, Felix Valera has been secured as Sullivan Barrera’s opponent that night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Cuban-born Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) and the Dominican Republic’s Valera (15-1, 13 KOs) will square off in a 10-round light heavyweight fight in New York.

The 29-year-old Valera has lost only a 12-round unanimous decision to Dmitry Bivol in May 2016. Kyrgyzstan’s Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) dropped Valera once apiece in the sixth and eighth rounds of that bout on his way to winning by big margins on all three scorecards in Moscow (119-107, 119-107, 116-111).

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Bivol won the WBA interim light heavyweight championship from Valera, who will end an 11-month layoff when he battles Barrera. The 35-year-old Barrera beat Long Island’s Joe Smith Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs) by unanimous decision in his last fight, a 10-rounder July 15 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Barrera could’ve fought former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in the main event November 25, but the Miami-based contender wasn’t satisfied with the purse he was offered. Russia’s Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) instead will face Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs), who Barrera knocked out in the seventh round December 16 in Indio, California.

The third bout HBO will televise November 25 will match former WBA super featherweight champion Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs), of Camden, New Jersey, against Mexico’s Robinson Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs) in a 10-round, 130-pound fight.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DuckAdonis on 10-20-2017

Barrera deserves to be fighting Bivol for that vacant belt or someone like Kovalev would do aswell This is a Bivol leftover that they're feeding him and Kovalev is fighting Son Of Barrera smh

Comment by racostaa on 10-20-2017

We cubans are not pupets as you are. For sure kovalev is more risky than the actual dominican, so why accept less money?. Should be proportional to the real value of the fighter

Comment by Kiowhatta on 10-20-2017

Bit of a weak card given the quality cards that have emerged this year. The Barrera fight might turn out to be interesting, seeing as both have the one lone loss, With everyone eager to see what version of the…

Comment by sammybee on 10-20-2017

I see a potential fight between Bivol and Barrera in 2018.

Comment by Mammoth on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=garfios;18148650]Why Cuban logic? Why not his managers and himself logic? How many Cubans do you know? Please click on the link so you can learn a little about us... [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_Americans#Socioeconomics[/url][/QUOTE] Cubanos are good sandwiches and buena Vista social club is…

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