Sullivan Barrera is Taking a Big Gamble With Dmitry Bivol Bout

By Steve Kim

Sullivan Barrera turned down a more lucrative offer to face WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev in order to face WBA belt-holder Dmitry Bivol, later tonight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in what will be the opening bout on HBO as part of their televised doubleheader.

Barrera's reasoning for making this decision, is that should he win a major title belt, he will then be able to command an even higher amount than what was offered before to face 'The Krusher' - who is facing Igor Mikhalkin in the night's main event at the Garden.

In essence, he is gambling on himself.

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Kathy Duva, the head of Main Events (which promotes Barrera and Kovalev, and has a piece of Bivol), doesn't disagree with his premise, telling - "I can't debate that, I think it's true. If he gets a win over Bivol and wins a title he's certainly a better opponent and hopefully worth a bigger rights fee than what was offered to him. If he beats Bivol than we can go back to HBO and ask for more."

The 36-year old Barrera (21-1, 14 KO's) has just one loss on his ledger, to Andre Ward. But despite being the much more seasoned professional, he is listed as a sizable underdog versus the highly touted Bivol (12-0 ,10 KO's).

"I kind of admire him for betting for betting on himself like that - most guys don't," stated Duva.

Bivol, 27, originally from Kyrgyzstan and now hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, has quickly ascended to the top of the division since turning pro in 2014. Knocking out all but two of his opponents. The champ fought four times in 2017.

Barrera, 35, of Miami, Fla. by way of Cuba, scored an exciting victory over Felix Valera on the undercard of HBO’s Thanksgiving weekend event. With the only blemish on his pro record coming against future Hall of Famer Andre Ward.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER OF you on 03-04-2018

he made a stupid decision he should have taken the kovalev fight for more money/

Comment by Factual Voice on 03-03-2018

Barrerra getting his ass whooped. Lost the first 6 rounds lol!

Comment by bikeboatski on 03-03-2018

He has to take a chance at age 35 or 36 and with one loss. He needs a title to get back into the mix.

Comment by Dle on 03-03-2018

Maybe he’s almost 36? What the heck he’s Cuban and looking to make history like Ortiz 38-61 who cares? Just fight got damn!

Comment by rojo45 on 03-03-2018

how can he 35 and 36???!!!!

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