Written By Bakari Simpson: In an ironic twist of fate, Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KO’s) and Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) revealed that they were in discussions. If everything goes according to plan, the two will meet later this year in New York. The announcement had an air of irony because Barrera is a recent former opponent of Andre Ward. Ward utilized Barrera to further acclimate himself to the light heavyweight division. The Ward/Barrera fight was to help prepare Andre for his mega-match with Sergey Kovalev.
When Ward fought, dominated and defeated Sullivan the Oakland native garnered little credit. In most boxing articles Barrera was described as a green novice who was supposed to be conquered. Nevertheless, since his loss to Ward, Barrera has continued to show his worth. Following his defeat to S.O.G., unlike Kovalev, Sullivan immediately returned to the win column. Sullivan has racked up three significant win since his only professional blemish. Over the course of his last three outings, Barrera has toppled Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Paul Parker and most recently Joe Smith Jr.
Beyond besting this worthy troupe of knuckle-chuckers Sullivan is a stable-mate of Sergey. Ideally, this would make signing a fight with Kovalev notably easier. Each man is promoted by Main Events.
For his part, Barrera appears to be eager and optimistic.
“I’m in a moment in my career where I’m only interested in big fights. I would love to face Kovalev. A victory over him would be important not only in the personal pride section, but also because of the possibility that it would open me up to continue growing in the sport. I just hope the negotiations will come to fruition.” -Sullivan Barrera
It is hard to tell were Kovalev head is at these days. There have even been quiet murmurs in the dark that perhaps the Krusher would retire. It would be a true shame if Kovalev hung up the gloves at this point. The rustic Russian remains one of the top talents in the light heavyweight division. Outside of Ward, not many fighters can reasonably stand up to Kovalev…and win. A Kovalev retirement announcement would only confirm the colossal mental damage his losses provided him.
Although many of his out of ring comments and action have been uncouth, in the ring Kovalev is a monster. It’d be a real shame for him to end on this note. Barrera is hopeful Sergey will not retire. Nevertheless, Sullivan is keeping his desires insulated in reality:
Personally, I am pulling for the Barrera vs Kovalev bout to take shape first. Now, all we as fans can do is sit and wait for the final outcome.
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