Sullivan Barrera, After Beterbiev Fallout, Eyes Sergey Kovalev

By Elisinio Castillo

Sullivan Barrera was confident that Artur Beterbiev would be his next opponent, but the negotiations did not play out as expected and now the IBF light heavyweight champion is heading in another direction.

According to Barrera, he signed a contract to face Beterviev in early May, but it appears that undefeated Russian puncher will instead defend his International Boxing Federation against Swedish contender Sven Fornling,

And now, the Cuban boxer has turned his sights on an old acquaintance: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.

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Barrera was not happy with Beterbiev's decision.

"He went from confronting me to facing a stranger from Sweden," Barrera wrote on his Twitter account. "That is Beterbiev being Beterbiev. Now I want to try to measure myself against Sergey Kovalev. ''

For a long time, Barrera and Kovalev were under the same promoter, Main Events, and there was always the idea of matching the two of them against each other. Barrera's contract with Main Events expired and he is currently a free agent.

However, they both took separate paths and that fight never occurred. While the Russian lost - and then recovered - his world title in last month's rematch with Eleider Alvarez, the Cuban boxer failed in his starting chance against WBA champion Dmitry Bivol.

"My eyesight is now on Sergey Kovalev, the only champion available to fight," said Barrera to George Ebro. "Why not fight with me? When I was with my former promoter, that was the plan. They signed me as a potential opponent for him. Things did not work out then, but now they could.''

The only other world champion out there, World Boxing Council beltholder Oleksandr Gvozdyk, is already scheduled to make a defense against Congolese contender Doudou Ngumbu.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 02-23-2019

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Beterbiev got so much hype and so many boxing fans swore by him. Now, not so much. I think he sees he'd have a rough time vs the elites in the LHW division....…

Comment by REdrUm0351 on 02-22-2019

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;19530829]Beterbiev got so much hype and so many boxing fans swore by him. Now, not so much. I think he sees he'd have a rough time vs the elites in the LHW division.... and will likely keep taking the easiest…

Comment by DuckAdonis on 02-22-2019

Beterbiev is wasting his career

Comment by tokon on 02-22-2019

[QUOTE=SchoolTheseCats;19530835]Beterbiev is a big disappointment guy talks big but scared to step up I was hyping him up too smh[/QUOTE] Yes, this latest move is not a good look for beterbiev.

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 02-21-2019

Thought Beterbiev was going to finally step up and fight someone decent. :nonono:

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