Despite being rated No.2 by the World Boxing Association, Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) won’t be the one fighting for the vacant WBA World light heavyweight title on November 4, as #1 WBA Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) will be squaring off with #11 WBA Trent Broadhurst for the vacant WBA title.
Barrera, 35, doesn’t understand why the WBA is allowing a lower ranked fringe contender in Broadhust to fight Bivol for the WBA 175 lb. title instead of himself.
“I should be fighting Bivol. He is ranked #1 and I am #2. What is the point of the rankings if they won’t follow their rules?” said Barrera.
Well, it seems like Bivol’s co-promoters at Main Events may have worked out the deal for Bivol to fight the 31-year-old Broadhurst instead of Barrera. It’s a move that keeps the two fighters in separate lanes. That’s about the only reason I can think why Main Events would choose to have Bivol fight someone else for the title.
If they stay apart it means separate revenue streams if Barrera can win one of Andre Ward’s 3 vacated titles. Ward retired recently and gave up his IBF, WBA and WBO titles. If Bivol snatches the WBA belt, then Barrera can presumably go after the IBF or WBO belt.
“I think I’ve paid my dues. My promoter should be getting me that fight. While other fighters are avoiding Bivol, I welcome the challenge. I was ready to fight Badou Jack and I would beat Bivol too!” said Barrera.
If Barrera wants a crack at the winner of the Bivol vs. Broadhurst fight, then he’s going to need to wait a while and hope the World Boxing Association orders the winner of that fight o face him. The worst thing that could possibly happen to Barrera would be for him to have to wait a year or more before he finally gets his title shot. Barrera is 35 now, and he’s not young enough to lose a lot of time without getting a shot at one of the titles.
Barrera recently beat Vychaslev Shabransky, Paul Parker and Joe Smith in his last 3 contests. He was hoping to add a title shot to finish the year, but it’s not likely to happen unless he can get a title shot for one of the other belts. The winner of the Bivol-Broadhurst fight will likely sit out for the remainder of the year after that fight unless it’s a fast knockout.
“Since I was child all I’ve dreamed about in this sport is becoming world champion and this type of politics in the sport just hurts the fighters who are putting in the work. It’s just blah blah blah,” said Barrera.