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Photos: Sullivan Barrera in Top Form, Grinds Hard For Bivol Shot

Miami, FL:  Yesterday Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) met with members of the media in Miami to discuss his upcoming mandatory challenge fight against WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden Saturday, March 3. The bout will be the co-main event on the Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin HBO World Championship Boxing telecast which airs at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT. Photos by Robert Illanes.

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Sullivan Barrera:
 
On fighting in a title bout:
"This would be a very important victory obviously because I want to look to the future after this. It would be a dream come true to win the title. And we would see what happens after that. There are a lot of big names out there."

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His plan fighting Bivol:
"Bivol is a good fighter and it is known that he has speed but we have a plan to adjust to the speed and take it away. We are going to impose ourselves and use our abilities."

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His thoughts on Bivol:
"Bivol is the champ and he has to be respected as such but I have fought big names before and that's going to give me an edge. I have been there before, fighting in big fights."

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Regarding adversity and coming back from knockdowns:
"Things happen in a fight but you can see every time that it has happened the switch has gone on and activated me and I become a lot more dangerous. Obviously, that's not the plan that it happens in any fight and we hope it doesn't happen in this fight either.  I know the crowd likes the drama and the excitement of it and it's worked in our favor every time."

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What's next?
"After March 3rd, when I get the belt, I'm ready, I'm ready right now for everyone, open for everyone. I'm a fighter and open to fight everybody. I'm a throwback fighter. I'm not thinking about sitting down. Of course, things need to be done right financial-wise but I am willing to fight anybody."

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His strategy for Bivol:
"Obviously, we can't reveal our strategy and our plan, but I can tell you we are going to go out there 100% and leave it all out there in the ring to get the victory."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Julia Slobberts on 02-24-2018

Won't Barerra be Bivol's best opponent yet by quite a bit?

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 02-24-2018

Beast mode!:boxing:

Comment by Mastrangelo on 02-24-2018

[QUOTE=PeteHW;18514355]He is still getting knocked out though. He was knocked down in the first 3 rounds in 4(!) of his last 5 fights. He is a slow starter with a weak chin whereas Bivol is a big puncher who will…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 02-24-2018

Nice pictures. Sullivan is becoming a favorite of mine. A little limited, but he definitely comes to fight.

Comment by steeve steel on 02-24-2018

Very poor defence for a cuban... Bivol by early KO.

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