In a fight that was a little more competitive than it should have been, light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) stopped little known American Paul Parker (8-2, 4 KOs) in the 5th round last Saturday night in a fight televised on HBO Latino from the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Barrera knocked the 32-year-old Parker down 2 times in round 5.
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Barrera had “Pay-per-view” Parker badly hurt at the time the referee stepped in and stopped the contest. The fight was an entertaining one for the boxing fans at ringside despite it ending early in 5 rounds.
Barrera, #4 WBA, #8 WBC, #8 13 WBO, flattened Parker twice with big right hands in round 5. Parker was too hurt to defend himself at the time Barrera finished him off to get the knockdown.
In the previous round, Barrera had dominated the action as well in hitting Parker with some nice left-right combinations to the head. However, Barrera spoiled his good work by accidently head-butting Parker. The action had to be stopped while Parker recovered from the head-butt. It didn’t look like Barrera had done it on purpose. It was more of a case of him coming forward and sticking his head into the chest of Parker.
Parker was landing big shots in the first three rounds of the fight. Barrera looked slow, especially in his reaction time to the shots that Parker was throwing at him. The only thing that kept Parker from leading the fight after 3 rounds was his low work rate. Parker was throwing too many pot shots against the 35-year-old Barrera instead of putting his hands together.
That’s inexperience on Parker’s part, as he only had 9 fights under his belt coming into the fight. Parker had the height advantage over Barrera, but he wasn’t using it properly in the way that he needed to. He wasn’t using his boxing skills to jab and move away from Barrera, and that was the main problem.
The win for Barrera showed that he still has a lot of flaws in his game that he needs to work on if he wants to be able to compete against the top fighters in boxing. The results of the fight with Parker showed that he’s not in the same class as the top guys at 175 like Andre Ward, Adonis Stevenson, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Artur Beterbiev, and Sergey Kovalev.
This was Barrera’s second straight victory since losing to Andre Ward by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision in March 2016.
Parker was beaten 2 years ago by Vyacheslav Shabranskyy by a 3rd round knockout.
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