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Sullivan Barrera: I Need My 'A-Game' To Beat Dmitry Bivol

Top light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera is working hard in the second half of his training camp for his March 3rd HBO televised clash against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.

The 35-year-old former Cuban amateur standout has been on quite a run.  After losing a unanimous decision to the now retired former pound-for-pound king Andre Ward, Barrera has put together a four fight win streak against the likes of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Paul "Pay Per View" Parker, Joe Smith Jr. and the hard hitting Felix Valera.

While that is an impressive list, Barrera knows that none of those opponents are as formidable as the challenge that lies ahead of him on March 3rd at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

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"Bivol is a great fighter. He will be the second best fighter I have faced and second only to Andre Ward," said Barrera.  "He has a great amateur pedigree and has been knocking out the majority of his opponents.  I know I need to bring my 'A' game to beat him."

Bivol has stopped his previous four opponents and only 2 of his 12 victims have made it to the final bell.  Barrera has a lot of respect for his opponent and believes his power is legitimate.

"He has knocked guys out with one punch. I know I have to be careful in there.  He is a very confident fighter. He knows he has power and knows how to get in position to use it.  That is why I am taking him very seriously," Barrera explained.

Barrera knows that a victory over Bivol will open a lot of doors as fights against champions like Sergey Kovalev, the Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack winner and Artur Beterbiev could be available to him but the Cuban refuses to look ahead.

"March 3rd is all that matters. God willing I get the win and then we can talk about future plans but right now I am focused on Bivol.  I know I have to concentrate on him and give him all of my attention," said Barrera.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Herdis on 02-13-2018

[QUOTE=Blkseez;18481769]Bivol beat Valera with flying colors? 😂😂[/QUOTE] Exactly... these bunch of idiots frustrates me. Some even said that Bivol out box SB and knock him out. The guy you responded to is complete dick, who think he has superior over…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=Blkseez;18481769]Bivol beat Valera with flying colors? ����[/QUOTE] OK, man, whatever. If you don't think it's a good fight that's cool. But... who is 'THEY'?

Comment by Blkseez on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;18481416]Who is 'THEY', man? Like, the Illuminati or something?:rofl: Regardless, this is a damn good fight. Sullivan's a battle proven warrior who's only fallen short against the best of the best and Dmitry has passed every test to date with…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=Blkseez;18481311]Sullivan wins this fight! I love how THEY underrate him so heavy. he's proven and battle tested. Bivol took some shots versus valera, I see Sullivan giving Bivol some heat. But It will be hard for him to win on…

Comment by BigZ44 on 02-12-2018

Bivol outboxes Barrera the first half of the fight and stops him in the middle rounds

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