Kathy Duva Explains Why Barrera is Not Fighting Artur Beterbiev

By Steve Kim

It was announced on Tuesday, that light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (18-1, 13 KOs) would face Paul Parker (8-1, 4 KOs) on April 15th - as the main event bout of an HBO Latino card from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Barrera, who last year lost a unanimous decision to Andre Ward, was supposed to have faced Artur Beterbiev in an IBF elimination bout on a late April date from Miami, Florida.

There were an actual purse bid, which was won by Beterbiev's promoter Yvon Michel of GYM.  So what happened?


Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who promotes Barrera, explained the details to

"When Yvon sent us the contract he didn't have a date, he didn't have a site. We told him, 'Listen the rules are you have to have a date and a site.' So he came back with a date but he had alternative sites on it. Our feeling was... OK, whatever, [the sites] were both in Miami, who cares where it is," Duva said.

"But Sullivan, he lives in Miami, and he was hearing rumors that the fight wasn't happening and we said to him, 'Look, if they don't put the fight on they've defaulted [on their purse bid win] and we'll take over and put the fight somewhere else.' But for whatever reason I think he became very anxious that he was training and spending money and they did have a deadline of I think it was March 3rd or March 4th where the venue was going to be - they were well past that deadline."

Barrera had made it very clear on social media platforms like Twitter, where he expressed his concerns over the Beterbiev fight and the contract he was sent over. Eventually this match-up dissolved and Barrera was placed on this card at the Mohegan Sun

"So we still hadn't completed this deal for this particular show that we were doing for a host of reasons and we were able to salvage it for him,'' said Duva, who says that the relationship with her client "is as good as it's ever been."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ind Ividual on 03-30-2017

Kathy wants to play strip poker with the big boys, but leave the table when its her turn to pay.

Comment by Ind Ividual on 03-30-2017

Duva is outright lying to everyone here. Beterbiev is garantied 300k per fight in his contract with Gym. So she promissed Barrera would get at least 100k to 125 for the fight cause her bit would be a clear 400k…

Comment by K.O. Johnson on 03-30-2017

[QUOTE=Deletrious;17553371]The split was going to be 75-25 regardless of who wins the purse bid. If Beterbiev refuses to compromise on that to make a fight, that's just another reason his fights will fall apart. Golovkin gave Jacobs way over the…

Comment by el_locoteee on 03-30-2017

[QUOTE=OctoberRed;17553498]I know the reason, Beterbiev would have knocked him back to Cuba.[/QUOTE] Then why force a purse bid? Why didn't want negotiate the fight before going purse bid? Why hide behind the 75/25 split? Betv was rank in other association…

Comment by ceylon mooney on 03-30-2017

i dont know how legit this is, but duvas comments come off as bad spin.

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