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Sullivan Barrera preparing for “biggest fight” against Sergey Kovalev

The two were slated to fight in Indio on April 25th.

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Longtime light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera was all set to headline a crazy-stacked April 25th DAZN card opposite Sergey Kovalev before the coronavirus intervened. Despite the setback, the Cuban veteran continues to train hard for what he calls the “biggest fight” of his decade-long career.

“This fight means everything to me. I have fought the best in the division but this is the biggest fight for me. Bigger than Andre Ward, or (Dmitry) Bivol or Joe Smith. This is a fight that should have happened a long time ago but never happened,” Barrera explained.

“It is do or die for me. This is a fight I have to win and I know I will win. I hope Kovalev is still training so we can get this rescheduled for as soon as possible,” Barrera stated.

Barrera (22-3, 14 KO) presently finds himself in the midst of a 1-2 skid, a stoppage loss to Dmitry Bivol and underwhelming decision defeat against Jesse Hart sandwiching a 2018 rout of Seanie Monaghan. He’s still ranked 13th by the WBC at 175 pounds, trailing Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 KO) by six places.

Though Barrera’s chances of ever touching a world title are slim to none with monsters like Bivol and Artur Beterbiev lurking at the top, but he’s gutsy and durable enough to give the legally challenged Kovalev a run for his money. Let’s hope they manage to get those two in the ring together.

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