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February 10, 2018

BARRERA: BIVOL WILL BE THE SECOND-BEST I'VE FACED

Press Release: Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera is working hard in the second half of his training camp for his March 3rd clash against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. The 35-year-old former Cuban amateur standout lost a unanimous decision to the now retired former world champion Andre Ward, but has since put together a four-fight win streak against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Paul Parker, Joe Smith Jr. and Felix Valera.  But Barrera knows that none of those opponents are as formidable as the challenge that lies ahead of him on March 3rd at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

"Bivol is a great fighter. He will be the second best fighter I have faced and second only to Andre Ward," said Barrera.  "He has a great amateur pedigree and has been knocking out the majority of his opponents.  I know I need to bring my 'A' game to beat him."

Bivol has stopped his previous four opponents and only 2 of his 12 pro victims have made it to the final bell.  Barrera has a lot of respect for his opponent and believes his power is legitimate.

"He has knocked guys out with one punch. I know I have to be careful in there.  He is a very confident fighter. He knows he has power and knows how to get in position to use it.  That is why I am taking him very seriously," Barrera explained.

Barrera knows that a victory over Bivol will open a lot of doors as fights against champions like Sergey Kovalev (WBO), the Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack winner (world chapion / WBC) and Artur Beterbiev (IBF) could be available to him... but the Cuban refuses to look ahead.

"March 3rd is all that matters. God willing I get the win and then we can talk about future plans but right now I am focused on Bivol.  I know I have to concentrate on him and give him all of my attention," said Barrera.
  



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