Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera is still very motivated to get back in the mix.

After a successful operation on his right shoulder to repair a damaged ligament, the Cuban hopes to return to boxing action in early 2020 with more force than ever.

The Cuban underwent the surgical procedure at the beginning of September and is in the process of recovery, but he has not lost the passion or desire to continue in the sport of fists and in the light lightweight division, where he remained a top contender for a long time.

"I feel very good and all the pain is history, as I continue this process of regaining my health," Barrera said to George Ebro. “If everything goes well, I hope to return to the gym at the end of the year. I feel that I have things left to try and that I can compete at the highest level, compete for a world title.''

After the fight against Dmitry Bivol, Barrera (22-3, 14 KO), he began to experience shoulder discomfort, but tried to return to with his normal exercises and therapies to avoid an operation that would keep him out of the ring for at least eight months .

For his two fights against Sean Monagham and Jesse Hart - he won the first and lost the second - the Cuban was limited in his sparings and the camp was handled with great care for fear of aggravating the problems that existed with the shoulder ligaments.

After losing a decision to Hart, the Cuban's team decided that surgery was the only option to extend his career and to try to return one hundred percent healthy.

Before the defeat against Hart, his only two losses were against Andre Ward and the current World Association champion, Bivol, but Barrera remained among the best of 175 pounds

"What happened to Sullivan was unfortunate," said Luis Molina, Barrera's manager to Ebro. “He is a warrior who has never been in a fight that did not please fans and in which he did not surrender completely. We hope that now, totally healthy, he can resume his pursuit of a world title."