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Andre Ward: Barrera Gives Anyone at 175 a Run For Their Money

By Ryan Burton

Mandalay Bay, LAS VEGAS, NV - Sullivan Barrera (21-1) has bounced back nicely from his March, 2016 unanimous decision loss to Andre Ward.

Since that setback, Barrera has gone 4-0- with two knockouts and will likely face WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol or WBO champion Sergey Kovalev in his next fight.

That victory by Ward keeps looking better as Sullivan continues to win and he believes that the Cuban can give any of the top light heavyweights problems in the ring.

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"I think Barrera would give anybody a run for their money. He is a top contender. He is calling out the big names. He is not ducking or dodging nobody. We fought him and we told everyone he was the number one contender. He is the real deal and I think people are starting to realize that. I don't know how the chin will hold up against Kovalev. That would be my only concern because I think he has been down his last three fights. That would be my biggest concern but offensively and terms of his heart and guts and his skill - he is right there," Ward told BoxingScene.com.

Another fight that Ward would like to see is former lightweight and super lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence.

In order for that fight to even have a remote chance of coming to fruition, Spence must defeat Lamont Peterson in their January fight and Crawford needs to beat WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn in early 2018. Horn won his belt when he pulled off a big upset victory over Manny Pacquiao in July.

"That is 50-50 man. I love both guys. I respect both guys. Both guys are on their way up and I would pay big money to see that fight," said Ward.

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