Sullivan Barrera Explains Why He Rejected Sergey Kovalev Fight

Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) was hoping to land a big fight in the fall.

He was presented with the opportunity to face former unified champion Sergey Kovalev in the main event of an HBO televised card on November 25 from the Theatre in New York's Madison Square Garden. Barrera had been gunning for the opportunity to face Kovalev since last year.

Barrera and Kovalev are promotional stablemates under New Jersey based Main Events.


According to Barrera, the terms for the fight were underwhelming.

While Barrera was not overwhelmed by the financial package to face Kovalev, he was willing to take the contest if a guarantee was extended for a much bigger payday in his next fight - provided he beat Kovalev.

When Barrera was unable to secure that guarantee, he walked away from the fight.

Kovalev, who was last seen in the ring in June when he was stopped by Andre Ward, will now face Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. Barrera bounced back from his first career defeat at the hands of Ward by knocking Shabranskyy out last year. He also stopped Paul Parker and dominated Joe Smith a few months back.

“I was offered the fight with Kovalev, but it wasn’t for a title. They offered me no money—they said $300,000 first, but I said, ‘I’ll take the fight, but if I win you need to guarantee me another fight for more money.’ They weren’t interested in this. So I said, ‘No title, no money—I’d better wait for a title fight, because I know I’m next in the rankings for a title,'" Barrera told Boxing News.

"I took Shabranskyy [in December 2016] for no money. I took Smith Jr. [in July 2017] for no money. I think I showed people with those wins that I’m a good boxer. I just want to be paid fairly. Boxing is my job.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by iNixus on 10-04-2017

lol people talking about money know nothing. Barrera :" I fought Sabransky(forgot how to write it) for no money, i fought Smith for no money " So basicly he confirm he simply ducked beterbiev. Its true that being paid 70k…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 10-04-2017

[QUOTE=mlac;18111974]Or, you just get a hard on for slick BBC Cubans? didnt you say Perez was going to win the cruiserweight tournament? :lol1:[/QUOTE] I said both Cubans would face off in the finals and...? And that was before I even…

Comment by Mammoth on 10-04-2017

[QUOTE=mlac;18111980]I will have a raging hard on for dorticos V Gassiev, believe me. :wank:[/QUOTE] That should be brutal

Comment by mlac on 10-04-2017

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18111977]I hope he was smarter and said Dorticos... But an Eastern Euro should take that...[/QUOTE] I will have a raging hard on for dorticos V Gassiev, believe me. :wank:

Comment by Mammoth on 10-04-2017

[QUOTE=mlac;18111974]Or, you just get a hard on for slick BBC Cubans? didnt you say Perez was going to win the cruiserweight tournament? :lol1:[/QUOTE] I hope he was smarter and said Dorticos... But an Eastern Euro should take that...

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