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BHop-Kovalev undercard unveiled

October, 24, 2014
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Main Events and Golden Boy Promotions on Friday announced the full undercard that will support the Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight unification bout and the welterweight co-feature between Sadam Ali and Luis Carlos Abregu on Nov. 8 (HBO) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

French light heavyweight Nadjib Mohammedi (35-3, 21 KOs) will face Demetrius Walker (7-7-1, 4 KOs) of Kansas City, Missouri, in a 10-rounder. Mismatch on paper, perhaps, but Mohammedi’s presence on the card is part of what enabled Hopkins-Kovalev to be finalized. He beat Anatoliy Dudchenko by seventh-round knockout in June to become one of Hopkins’ mandatory challengers and Golden Boy is taking care of him with this fight since he didn’t cause a stink about Hopkins facing Kovalev first, although Hopkins was well within his rights based on IBF rules.

Main Events’ main undercard fight involves heavyweight contender Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (18-0-1, 11 KOs), a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine. Glazkov, who owns a win over Tomasz Adamek, will face Miami's Darnell "Ding-A-Ling-Man" Wilson (25-17-3, 21 KOs), a former cruiserweight world title challenger and big puncher.

The rest of the card includes:

• Los Angeles-based Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabransky (10-0, 8 KOs) versus Puerto Rico’s Emil Gonzalez (11-8-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

• Philadelphia featherweight Eric Hunter (18-3, 9 KOs) versus William Gonzalez (27-5, 23 KOs) of Nicaragua in a 10-rounder.

• Miami-based Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (13-0, 8 KOs) versus Rowland Bryant (18-3, 12 KOs) of Almonte Springs, Florida, in an eight-rounder.

• Russian super middleweight Andrey Sirotkin (4-0, 1 KO) versus Michael Mitchell (3-4-2, 1 KO) of Paterson, New Jersey, in a six-rounder.

• Lightweight Ryan Martin (8-0, 4 KOs) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, versus Isaac Gonzalez (17-3, 12 KOs) of Tucson, Arizona, in a four-rounder.

Barrera joins Main Events

February, 21, 2014
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Main Events doesn’t have a deep stable of fighters under contract, but many of the fighters it does promote are in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.

At light heavyweight, its central figure is titleholder Sergey Kovalev. A good promoter is always looking to build interest in a division in which it has a stake as well as build opponents for the star to fight.

That brings us to Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (10-0, 6 KOs), who signed Thursday with Main Events, adding yet another 175-pounder to a roster that already includes Kovalev, Anatoliy Dudchenko, Isaac Chilemba, Lionell Thompson and Ilshat Khusnulgatin.

"I am very happy and very excited. I thank Main Events for the opportunity to let people know who Sullivan Barrera is,” Barrera said. “I feel I am the best in the light heavyweight division. The problem I've faced is that I wasn't given the opportunity to compete. Now that Main Events will give me the opportunity, I will be able to show my talent."

Barrera figures to gain national exposure on Main Events’ slate of “Fight Night” cards on the NBC Sports network.

"We are very excited to have Barrera on board with us here at Main Events. He has it in him to be an electrifying performer and the sky is the limit,” Main Events chief executive Kathy Duva said.

Barrera, 31, lives in Miami and turned pro in 2009, and he has had long stretches of inactivity. He fought only twice in 2011 and once each in 2012 and 2013. But as an amateur, he was 282-27 and holds victories against former light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson and reigning titleholder Beibut Shumenov.

Barrera found his way to Main Events in part because his adviser, Egis Klimas, manages Kovalev and Khusnulgatin.

"Sullivan was always a fighter, but even as a veteran he continues to want to learn more,” trainer Milton Lacroix said. “He wants to continue progressing towards his ultimate goal, which is to be the best light heavyweight and champion of the world."

Said Klimas, “The light heavyweight division is getting to be one of the most interesting in boxing today, with champions like Bernard Hopkins, Beibut Shumenov, Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev. When we started with Sergey in 2009, the division was almost dead. We have a lot of young talents coming up into the division, young and aggressive fighters. Adding Sullivan Barrera to my list of fighters is great. He was not recognized for some time, just like Sergey Kovalev, until we signed him with Main Events."

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