Sullivan Barrera: From Cuban Defector to Rising Prospect in the Light Heavyweight Division

Barrera Against Jeff Lacy Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Barrera Against Jeff Lacy
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events



On July 25, 2015 undefeated Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (15-0, 10 KOs) will face his biggest challenge to date in the ring since his professional debut in 2009, Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin (17-1, 9 KOs), but for the 33 year-old from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the hardest time in his life is most definitely in his past.

In 2009, Sullivan defected from Cuba with four other fighters from the Cuban National Team. It was his third attempt to flee Castro’s regime and become a professional fighter in the United States. After many days at sea, the five men finally landed in Mexico where they were detained for more than three months. Eventually, Sullivan was able to make it over the Mexican border into the United States.

Shortly thereafter, he made his professional debut, a first round TKO over Anthony Adorno in Miami, Florida. For several years after his debut, he would reside in Florida and continue to fight on many local cards until he met his manager, Luis Molina. Barrera and Molina then met Egis Klimas, manager to Main Events’ stablemate Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and countless other young prospects, who helped Sullivan sign a promotional contract with Main Events.

According to Sullivan, “I ran into some promotional issues and did not fight for a year and a half. When I was 11-0, with the help of Egis Klimas, we approached Main Events about possibly signing with them.” Then last year, after he knocked out Lee Campbell in the sixth round, Sullivan began to work with world-renowned trainer, Abel Sanchez at Sanchez’ compound in Big Bear Lake, California, The Summit. Continue reading

STATEMENT FROM GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OSCAR DE LA HOYA ON TOP RANK’S LAWSUIT AGAINST AL HAYMON

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Golden Boy Promotions Founder and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya released the following statement today in the wake of Top Rank Boxing’s lawsuit against Al Haymon and his affiliated entities.

“I applaud Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing for stepping up on behalf of fighters not only in their own stable, but all across the sport. Those like Bob and myself who have spent the bulk of their lives around boxing understand that the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act is a crucial piece of legislation that serves to protect boxers and enhance the sport. Golden Boy Promotions will continue to push forward with our own lawsuit to ensure our wonderful sport continues to grow in a competitive, just manner.”

Background on GBP Lawsuit:

On May 6, 2015, Golden Boy Promotions filed a $300 million lawsuit against Al Haymon and his related companies alleging repeated violation of antitrust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. The case was filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles.

Arthur Abraham confident of victory: ”Robert Stieglitz has no killer blow

Arthur Abraham Photo Credit: Sebastian Heger

Arthur Abraham
Photo Credit: Sebastian Heger



With only 17 days to go before Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) locks horns with Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) in their fourth WBO World Super Middleweight title contest, the champion and his coach Ulli Wegner, yesterday, opened the doors to their training camp at the Olympic Centre in Kienbaum, Germany.

Talking to the media in attendance, Wegner revealed his pleasure at ‘King’ Arthur’s preparations. ‘’Our training has gone better than expected,’’ said the 73 year-old coach. ‘’Arthur has even been sending cruiserweights to the canvas in sparring. Stieglitz has no hope. He knows only one tactic, and that’s just to come forward. Arthur is superior to him in every respect. That’s why I expect a clear victory on July 18. Anything else would be a disaster.’’

Wegner’s confidence is shared by Abraham who is promising a conclusive finish to his fourth encounter with Stielglitz.‘’I have already beaten him twice, and in our second fight I was beaten by injury,’’ said the 35 year-old champion. ‘’I can guarantee that the fourth fight will be our last. Robert throws a lot of punches, but he has no killer blow. Although I cannot promise a KO, I will leave the audience in no doubt over who the better boxer is.’’ Continue reading

The boxing Americanization of 21-year-old Brit middleweight prospect Steed Woodall is off to promising start‏

Steed Woodall

Steed Woodall



Unlike most British boxers who first establish themselves at home in the United Kingdom before fighting in the United States, Steed “The Stallion” Woodall packed up and moved 1-½ years ago from Birmingham, England to Miami in order to pursue his boxing dream.

As an amateur, Woodall was a five-time England National Champion, two-time British Champion, and quarterfinalist in the World Youth Championships. His aggressive style, has proven to be much better suited for pro boxing, evident by his impressive 7-0-1 (5 KOs) professional record.

“I spend most of my time in the gym,” Woodall talked about his new life in America. “I don’t have any family here and my friends are from the gym. It’s been tough but I’ve been welcomed in America and I’ve really enjoyed living here. Last year, I arrived in Miami around the end of the summer and didn’t realize how hot it really gets until now. Every morning I walk outside and it’s still a shock when the heat hits me. It does prepare me for fighting under TV lights, I guess. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather nominated as ESPY’S Fighter Of The Year

Photo by Gene Blevins/Hogan Photos

Photo by Gene Blevins/Hogan Photos



Ring/WBC welterweight and super welterweight Champion, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who in May, fought the richest fight of history, defeating Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to consecrate his throne atop the Best Pound for Pound peak, is nominated as ESPY’s Fighter of the year.

Mayweather is nominated and he dominated the annual Excellence in Sports Performance of ESPN prelim.
In spite of the fact that Floyd he only fought once this year he won the most important victory of his career, putting him just one note/notch short of the perfect career record of Rocky Marciano.

“ It has been a great year for me and my team. I am deeply grateful for the nomination of these awards. My fans have helped me a lot in this process. I am really thankful to them” Mayweather commented.

The fans can choose their favorite at:
http://espn.go.com/espys/2015/?voting=bestfighter You’ll be able to vote until July 15th just before the live transmission of the ESPY`s awards night.

Training Camp Notes: Nadjib “IronDjib” Mohammedi

Nadjib Mohammedi Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Nadjib Mohammedi
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events



On July 25, 2015, Nadjib “IronDjib” Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) the current IBF #1 contender, will face WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada and live on HBO World Championship Boxing. For the biggest fight of his career, Mohammedi will have world-renowned trainer Abel Sanchez in his corner. Abel is best known for his work with current WBA and WBC Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.

Sanchez trains fighters out of his own compound in Big Bear Lake, California called The Summit. According to Abel, “The Summit is a training camp where the guys live almost year-round. There is anywhere from 10-12 fighters there at any time. They cook for themselves. They fend for themselves. They live like a family. The fact that there are so many champions training there and so many high-end guys training there motivates everybody to try to excel to that higher level. They live like a family so it’s not a competition; it is more of a motivational thing. There is no off time.”

This will be the second training camp for Mohammedi, 30, at The Summit with Sanchez. He is from Gardanne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France so training with Abel has meant temporarily relocating to the United States for his extended training camps. Abel believes Nadjib has fully committed to life at The Summit and his system, “He has given me everything. He’s not questioning anything. He is allowing me to do what we do here but he is very strong-minded. He understands that we have a difficult fight in front of us, so I am happy that he has given himself to me as far as not questioning anything. That allows me to try to mold him like I want to mold him but change the things that I need to change.” Continue reading

Philly Boxing Returns to 2300 Arena Tonight‏

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Lightweight prospect Victor Vasquez (18-9-1, 8 KOs) highlights a trio of Philadelphia fighters competing in a special night of boxing when Golden Boy Live! returns to the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia TONIGHT! The card also includes another pair of Philadelphia rising stars, super lightweight Damon Allen (6-0, 2 KOs) and lightweight Gang Yong Kim (4-1).

Boxing legend and future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins, a business partner with Oscar De La Hoya at Golden Boy Promotions, will also be in attendance cheering on his fellow hometown fighters.

Tickets are priced at $50 and $75 and are available by calling (215) 765-0922 and (215) 568-2400 or online at peltzboxing.com and wanatix.com. Continue reading