WHEN unified light heavyweight champion Andre Ward announced his retirement on September 21, the division was split wide open. With Ward’s IBF, WBO, and WBA world titles now vacant, the contenders at 175lbs are clamouring for their chance to fight for the belts.
Top contender Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) is no exception. The Cuban standout has made it clear he wants nothing more than to fight for a world title and, ideally, a decent payday. Currently ranked #2 by the WBA, Barrera was stunned when the sanctioning body announced on September 25 that their #1 ranked contender, Dmitry Bivol, would be facing #11 ranked Trent Broadhurst on November 4 in a bout for the world title.
“My team is working hard to get me a fight,” Barrera said when asked about the WBA title situation. “I think the WBA will make it right. Hopefully I’ll fight before year’s end. I want to fight for the title. This is my job—this is something I’ve worked so hard for, since I was a young boy.”