Barrera Had No Idea Smith Bout Was 10-Rounds Until Ref Said It

By Elisinio Castillo

There was a lot of confusion last weekend, when light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera fought Joe Smith Jr. in an HBO televised opener from The Forum in Los Angeles, California.

Barrera went down in the first round, but got up and then dominated the rest of the way for a dominant ten round unanimous decision win.

It was revealed a few days after the contest, that Barrera had broken Smith's jaw in the second round.


During the HBO televised broadcast, the commentators became very confused during the tenth round - because the referee had advised both boxers to touch gloves because they were taking part in the "final round."

At first, the HBO crew had assumed that the referee had made an error, because network was always told the contest was scheduled for twelve rounds.

During the action in the tenth, the HBO crew was advised that the promoters for both fighters (Star Boxing for Smith and Main Events for Barrera) had reached an agreement to cut the fight from twelve rounds to ten. My manager Luis Molina believes that they did it in principle to benefit Smith Jr., but if that was the reason - they were wrong," Barrera told George Ebro.

Barrera also said he was never concerned after getting decked in the opening stanza.

"It was a punch identical to what Shabrankyy hit me with. I did not feel it, nor did it hurt me. I got up quickly and kept working. It took away some balance, but at no time did it put me in any danger. Smith Jr. is a strong puncher but nothing more.We established that I should move to his left hand in circles to neutralize his right hand.

"I was not afraid, because from the third round Smith Jr. started to retreat, to retreat. This is a man who usually comes forward, throwing punches and already he realized that with me that was not going to work. I saw defeat in his eyes.''

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by slimPickings on 07-20-2017

[QUOTE=PBR Streetgang;17875035][B]Kind of a sad state of affairs that he (and HBO as well) wasn't aware that it went from 12 to 10 rounds. Things like that are what make our sport look bush league. [/B] I really like Barrera,…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 07-20-2017

[QUOTE=lowblows420;17875701]Should always be 10 rds and 12 for title fights which is sanctioned by the commissions and gov bodies.[/QUOTE] Thats true, but thats almost a whole other topic. I'd like to see boxing tiered off on a skill/accomplishment level by…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 07-20-2017

Am I remembering some sh^t that don't happen or something like the Mandela effect or doesn't the announcer say how many rounds a fight is during the intros? Did that mfer say 10 or 12 or did that not even…

Comment by lowblows420 on 07-20-2017

Should always be 10 rds and 12 for title fights which is sanctioned by the commissions and gov bodies. Not promoters. Fkng shady biz.

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 07-20-2017

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;17875367]Yeah it was a regional championship belt but Main Events and Star Boxing promotions changed it last minute before the fight from 12 rounds to 10 rounds. Even HBO didn't know. Who initiated it Main Events (Barrera promoter) or Star…

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