Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Barrera 'Bitter' About Shabranskyy Getting Title Shot Before Him

By Keith Idec

It’ll be difficult for Sullivan Barrera to watch a fighter he knocked out get a title shot before him Saturday night.

Barrera knocked out Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in the seventh round 11 months ago, but he’ll box before Shabranskyy battles Sergey Kovalev for the vacant WBO light heavyweight title in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Cuba’s Barrera told BoxingScene.com that Ukraine’s Shabranskyy doesn’t even deserve a title shot.

“I’m bitter about the whole situation,” Barrera said. “I felt that after I fought [Andre] Ward, which was a fight I had to take, I’ve fought tough opposition. But I came to this country for one reason, and that was to become world champion. I’ve always had to prove myself to put myself in better situations. I feel that I should be fighting for a title now.”

shabranskyy-barrera-fight

The 35-year-old Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) has knocked out Shabranskyy and soundly defeated Joe Smith Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs) by unanimous decision in two of his past three fights. He got off the canvas in both bouts to win.

Shabranskyy has knocked out Larry Pryor (then 10-15) and Todd Unthank May (then 10-0-1) in his two fights since Barrera beat him.

More than anything, Barrera appears to be a victim of bad timing.

Barrera is on a long list of potential opponents that turned down a fight against Kovalev on Saturday night. When Barrera turned it down, though, Kovalev’s return from his controversial technical knockout loss to Ward wasn’t a title fight.

It wasn’t until more than a month after Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) agreed to fight Russia’s Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) in this HBO “World Championship Boxing” main event that the WBO sanctioned Kovalev-Shabranskyy as a fight for one of the 175-pound championships Ward vacated when he retired nearly two months ago. Barrera said he would’ve accepted the Kovalev fight if it had been approved as a title bout by then.

“After I turned the Kovalev fight down,” Barrera said, “if they would’ve offered it to me and said, ‘Look, hey, we have it for the title,’ I would have taken it, 100 percent.”

Barrera, who has lost only to Ward (32-0, 16 KOs), has since agreed to challenge WBA champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) in his next fight if he can defeat the Dominican Republic’s Felix Valera (15-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night. Promoter Kathy Duva told BoxingScene.com that Barrera has agreed to an undisclosed purse to battle Bivol sometime before April 30 if he overcomes Valera, but added that the agreement affords Barrera the option of fighting someone else next, namely Kovalev, if they both win Saturday night.

Barrera is the mandatory challenger for Bivol’s WBA 175-pound title.

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 Vlad_ on 11-24-2017

[QUOTE=minemax;18235848]Barrera has never been proposed to fight Kovalev [B]for the title[/B]. And he explained why he had rejected those two offers: a) not a title fight; b) not enough money for him. Any boxer has full right either to fight…

Comment by minemax on 11-24-2017

[QUOTE=Vlad_;18235632]You are aware that Barrera was offered to fight Kovalev, and he refused, twice... I hope you knew that before typing your BS...[/QUOTE] Barrera has never been proposed to fight Kovalev [B]for the title[/B]. And he explained why he had…

Comment by Tony Trick-Pony on 11-23-2017

I would be in Barrera's corner on this one but seeing how he turned down the Kovalev fight, it actually makes sense.

Comment by Vlad_ on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=minemax;18233249]And I completely understand Barrera on this one! That's just ridiculous. Shabranskyy is obviously a cherry-picked opponent for Kovalev. Here, let's look at the WBO rankings: wboboxing.com/wp-content/pdf/1710WBORankingasofOct2017.pdf What are they for, I wonder?[/QUOTE] You are aware that Barrera was offered…

Comment by sammybee on 11-23-2017

Shabranskyy is going to lose anyway so Barrera need not to worry. Its better for him to stay focus on his fight ahead.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (21)
Top Headlines Broner: Pacquiao is a Black Fighter - F***ed Up Money & Taxes! Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner - Face To Face in LA Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach Have No Deal Yet Rob Brant Inks Co-Promotional Deal With Top Rank Espinoza: If You Think Broner Is Easy For Pacquiao, Think Again Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding To Hit Movie Theaters LIVE STREAM: Pacquiao-Broner - Los Angeles Press Conference Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury: More Tickets Released at Staples Photos: Pacquiao Hits The Basketball Court, Becomes 'Air Manny' Bryant Jennings vs. Oscar Rivas Finalized For January 18, ESPN+ Giovanni Mioletti Keeps Record Intact With Another Stoppage Win Peter Kadiru Goes Pro, To Be Advised By Klitschko's Manager Wilder, Fury, Hurd, Ortiz Share What They Are Thankful For Martin Murray vs. Hassan N'Dam is Set For Warrington-Frampton Wilder vs. Fury PPV Will Be Available Via The Showtime App Breazeale: The Ultimate Goal is Anthony Joshua Rematch Pacquiao: Right Now, I Have No Intention Of Running For President Sanchez: They Are All Using Golovkin's Name To Stay Relevant! Joseph Parker on Dealing With Adversity Versus Dillian Whyte Frank Warren: I've Never Seen Tyson Fury This Determined Tommy Coyle: I Fight Because I Love it, But It's a Dangerous Game Sergio Martinez Still Aims To Return, Continues To Train Hard UK News: Brian Rose, Troy Williamson, Tyrone McKenna, More Pacquiao is Focused: We Can't Underestimate Adrien Broner Jarrell Miller Wants Anthony Joshua in April at Wembley Giving Thanks For a Boxing Dream Come True Pacquiao: I Think Fans Are Excited For Rematch With Mayweather Adonis Stevenson Hopes Pascal Wins, Not Impressed By Bivol David Lemieux: I Want Canelo Because I Know I Can Beat Him! Ellerbe: Broner Will Look To Defy The Odds, Shut Everyone Up Vijender Singh Inks Promotional Pact With Top Rank News: Christopher Diaz, Bryant Perrella, Tori Nelson, Luis Lebron Hearn: Hooker is The Standout at 140, I Want Defense in Dallas Broner: F*** The Money, I'm Not Just Coming To Get a Check Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner - Face To Face in NYC Broner: Pacquiao Ain't Fighting Floyd, I'm Gonna Beat His Ass! Photos: Canelo Grinding Hard For Rocky Fielding Title Clash Pacquiao Confirms He'll Work With Roach Again For Broner Bout Pacquiao Warns Broner: I've Learned To 'Problem Solve' in Politics Canelo on GGG Win: Nicest Feeling To Shut Mouths With Facts!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement