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Sullivan Barrera Exclusive Interview

Sullivan Barrera Exclusive Interview: Unheralded Cuban standout Sullivan Barrera is about to make his presence known in boxing’s light- heavyweight division. The undefeated banger with a stellar amateur ledger is moving forward after a 23 month layoff, scoring a one-sided decision win over veteran Joell Godfrey, 16-10-1 two weeks ago.  With the win the 31-year old improved to 10-0 with 6 knockouts and is expected to have big fights on the radar in the near future. The talent rich 175 lb. division features champions Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson and Bernard Hopkins but Barrera says he is ready for all comers.

The 6’2″ Barrera has large caliber ammo in both barrels and has improved his boxing skills under the tutelage of famed New York trainer Milton LaCroix. The light-heavyweight division is rich in talent but the body-snatching Barrera could hold his own with the division’s best despite having boxed only 31 pro rounds. I caught up with star lightweight Yuriorkis Gamboa’s paisano at Punch Fitness fight gym in Miami.

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Sullivan Barrera Exclusive Interview

 

Q: Why were you inactive for 23 months prior to your recent win over Godfrey?

A: I was inactive because I had the same promoter as Yuriorkis Gamboa and when Yuriorkis Gamboa left to sign with 50 Cent’s company my promoter didn’t set up  any fights  for me out of spite.

Q: Before the layoff you won a decision over undefeated Damar Singleton (8-0) in the biggest fight of your career on NBC. You got the win but were unable to put the over matched fighter on the floor. How do you grade your performance for that fight?

A: I was not 100% for that fight because of a bad infection on my foot. The infection was so bad that I was unable to run. I took the fight on short notice and even with the infection I thought I could beat the guy.

Q:What have you been working on with your new trainer Milton LaCroix?

A: Although I have lots of amateur fights the pro’s are different. I was used to just attacking and trying to rip guys heads off but now i’m learning more subtle tricks. I’m learning how to sit back, slip shots and counter-punch more.

Q: (To Trainer Milton LaCroix) What improvements have you seen as a trainer?

A: He was used to leaning forward. Now he realizes he can sit back and hurt guys with the same power. His head movement is much improved. He also is starting to move with his legs and counter-punch naturally. He is moving in and out more. My style is to teach how to hit and not get hit. Because he has so many amateur bouts it is difficult to change old habits but the more I drill it into him the better he should be.

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Q: Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson and Bernard Hopkins are the champions at light-heavyweight. If you had your pick who would you fight?

A: Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins is old and with the pressure I would bring he would be unable to handle it. I would hurt him to the body and rough him up.

Q:You had over 300 amateur fights. What would you say was your best win as an amateur?

A: I almost sent Chad Dawson to the morgue. I beat the crap out of “Bad Chad”.

Q: What is your best punch?

A: Straight right-hand to the body.

Q: What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?

A: I’m always going to give the best I have when I’m in that ring. Oh, and Sullivan forever (laughs).

 

 

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Brad "Einstein" Marchetti is a sports media member that has won various Sports Handicapping contests online and is CEO of Power Punches Publishing. Marchetti is regarded as one of the sharpest Football and Fight Handicappers in the country.

Boxing Picks: Jermall Charlo vs Carlos Molina Odds

Jermall Charlo vs Carlos Molina Odds have Charlo at -215 according to Boxing Picks experts

Jermall Charlo vs Carlos Molina Odds have Charlo at -215 according to Boxing Picks experts

On the Alvarez vs Angulo undercard will be an I.B.F. jr. middleweight title bout between Jermall Charlo and Carlos Molina. Jermall Charlo vs Carlos Molina Odds have the undefeated Charlo as a 2 to 1 boxing betting favorite. Molina, 22-5, 6 KO’s, is a crafty pro that has upset many highly touted prospects and will be the toughest test of Charlo’s career. The 23-year old Jermall Charlo, 17-0, 13 KO’s, is the identical twin of contender Jermell Charlo and is a highly prized prospect. Our boxing picks staff broke down the two fighters.  Jermall Charlo vs Carlos Molina Odds have Charlo at -215 moneyline (Bet $2150 to win $1000) at BOVADA SPORTSBOOK

Boxing Picks Analysis: Jermall Charlo is a multi-faceted boxer/puncher with big power in both hands. At 6’0″ tall with a large wingspan (73″ reach) Charlo generates great leverage and throws blinding combinations. Molina is a busy fighter that is all heart and guile. Molina has done well as a pro despite having had only 10 amateur bouts. On the surface Molina looks very beatable but he understands how to win rounds and bang to the body. Molina does not have much pop but he has a sneaky left hook and makes good use of angles. Molina is a “spoiler” but he has only average size (5’9″ 70″) and ordinary athleticism. Jermall Charlo vs Carlos Molina Odds have Molina as a +175 underdog

Molina is a durable and tough fighter but he is too physically limited to upset Charlo who is very fast and has excellent timing. We expect Charlo to knockout Molina for the first time in his career. Charlo was a strong amateur with 75 bouts and this fight will be his arrival as a true contender.

Boxing Picks Play:  Jermall Charlo -215

 

brad marchetti

Brad "Einstein" Marchetti is a sports media member that has won various Sports Handicapping contests online and is CEO of Power Punches Publishing. Marchetti is regarded as one of the sharpest Football and Fight Handicappers in the country.