Sullivan Barrera Furious: I Should Be Fighting Bivol For WBA Title!

When Andre Ward  recently retired it opened up the WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles and when Badou Jack vacated his WBA "regular" title the division became even more wide open.

Red hot contender Sullivan Barrera was very confident that he would get a shot at one of the vacant belts. So naturally his jaw dropped when he heard that Dmitry Bivol would face Trent Broadhurst for the vacant WBA title on November 4th.

"I should be fighting Bivol. He is ranked number 1 and I am number 2. What is the point of the rankings if they won't follow their rules?" Said an incredulous Barrera.


Shortly after winning the title against Nathan Cleverly in August, the WBA ordered a purse bid for Jack to face Bivol. When Jack vacated the title the sanctioning body mysteriously bypassed Barrra and several other more deserving fighters.

What makes this decision even more head scratching is that the unknown Broadhurst is only ranked #11 by the WBA and that Bivol is co-promoted by Barrera's promoter Main Events which should have made it easier to get a deal done to match Bivol and Barrera.

"I think I've paid my dues.  My promoter should be getting me that fight. While other fighters are avoiding Bivol, I welcome the challenge. I was ready to fight Badou Jack and I would beat Bivol too!"

Barrera has already beaten Vychaslev Shabransky, Paul Parker and Joe Smith and wants to cap off 2017 with a big fight.

"Since I was child all I've dreamed about in this sport is becoming world champion and this type of politics in the sport just hurts the fighters who are putting in the work. It's just blah blah blah," said a frustrated Barrera. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Randall Cunning on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;18092276]Golovkin was as much a champion at that time as Daniel Jacobs was before fighting Golovkin. Did anyone consider Jacobs the WBA champion?[/QUOTE] That's got nothing to do with this. Wards still the WBA Super Champion now, he aint…

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18092264]It got vacated when Sturm was promoted to Super Champion[/QUOTE] Golovkin was as much a champion at that time as Daniel Jacobs was before fighting Golovkin. Did anyone consider Jacobs the WBA champion?

Comment by Ray* on 09-27-2017

He should talk to his Promoter Bob Arum................I mean Main event (Kathy Duva), They would know something about it. This was like GGG trying to get a shot at Felix Strum in germany (Same promoter but no fight.)

Comment by Randall Cunning on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;18092256]Sturm didn't vacate when Golovkin got promoted. Sturm was still the WBA champion.[/QUOTE] It got vacated when Sturm was promoted to Super Champion

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18092246]Pretty standard for the WBA to promote the interim champion when the Regular vacates. Happened to Golovkin, Thurman and Lara off the top of my head. Their first defences weren't that great. Golovkin - Unranked Tapia Thurman - No11…

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