Sullivan Barrera (18-1, 13 KOs), the exciting Miami-based light heavyweight from Cuba, will return to HBO Latino Boxing on Saturday, April 15 at Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom against Toledo, Ohio native Paul “Pay Per View” Parker (8-1, 4 KOs). Barrera will look to build on his thrilling knockout victory on HBO Latino Boxing in December over previously unbeaten prospect Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, while the prospect Parker looks to make a statement in the biggest challenge of his career to date. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 11 p.m. ET (live ET/tape-delayed PT).
Barrera, 35, of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, made his professional debut in 2009 after defecting to the United States. His career began with five straight knockouts and a nearly seven-year undefeated streak until he suffered his first defeat against current WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Andre “SOG” Ward in March of last year. Barrera bounced back in late 2016 with his upset KO over Shabranskyy in his most recent appearance on HBO Latino.
“I’m excited to be back on HBO,” said Barrera. “I want to thank my team, my promoter Main Events and HBO for putting this all together. It has been a tough start to the year for me but I’ve been in the gym working and ready for this opportunity. It is another step towards the ultimate goal of contending for a world title. My opponent is a very good boxer; we have studied him in the gym and are ready for everything he will bring come April 15th.”
Parker, 32, has had an impressive career since his professional debut in 2012. His only loss was a third-round TKO against Shabranskyy in June of 2015. Parker rebounded in early 2016 with an eight-round split-decision victory over Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson.
“Well everyone thinks it’s a risky fight,” said Parker, “but where others see risk I see opportunity and I plan to capitalize on this opportunity!”
In the televised co-feature, Russian slugger Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs) will take on Mexican prospect Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas (13-3, 8 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight showdown. Magomedov, 24, last appeared on HBO Latino in May of 2016 during a hard-fought battle against Andrew Hernandez in Las Vegas. In Magomedov’s most recent bout, he stopped Chris Herrmann in the second round in his home country of Russia.
Espadas, 26, is from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, and made his professional debut nearly five years ago in his home country. He has fought several times in the U.S. in both California and Florida, but this will be his first time fighting in New England. He has won his last four fights in a row with three of those wins coming by way of knockout.
The event is part of the “Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series” presented by Mohegan Sun and Main Events. The exciting joint-venture, which features boxing prospects from New England and around the world, met with rave reviews after the debut event in November. As part of the untelevised undercard, the latest installment of “Rising Stars” will feature the return of local fighters Cassius Chaney from New London, Conn., Reinaldo Graceski from Springfield, Mass., Kevin Asmat from Union City, N.J., and Shawn Cameron from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Also returning to Mohegan Sun are highly-touted middleweight prospect Vaughan Alexander and international talents Enriko Gogokhia, a junior middleweight from Ukraine; Madiyar Ashkeyev, a junior middleweight from Kazakhstan; and Meiirim Nursultanov, a middleweight also from Kazakhstan. Tickets, which are priced at $50 and $75, are available now through Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun box office.