The planned March 26 HBO main event between Andre Ward and Sullivan Barrera is still planned, but it's also still not a done deal. ESPN.com reports that the fight is now in week six of negotiations, with Main Events, representing Barrera, growing frustrated with the way that Ward and Roc Nation have handled things.
"Believe it or not, we are still talking. Leonard-Hearns, Holyfield-Foreman and Whitaker-Chavez all put together didn't take this long to make," [Kathy] Duva told ESPN.com. ... "It is literally a different issue every day. It's a wonder that these people can put a four-rounder together."
Roc Nation is a new promotional company and has thus far had all the issues you'd expect of a new boxing firm that attempts to come into the shark tank of boxing promotion aggressively. Both fighters are training for a fight that is just under two months away at this point, even without the deal finalized yet, which it ideally should have been a few weeks ago.
Ward (28-0, 15 KO) is looking to acclimate himself to the 175-pound division ahead of a thankfully already worked out fight with Sergey Kovalev for later this year, and also just to get himself active again after having fought once since 2013, and just three times since 2011 and the end of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Barrera (17-0, 12 KO) went 3-0 last year, ending the year with an impressive showing against veteran fringe contender Karo Murat, knocking him out in five rounds on December 12.