By Elisinio Castillo
Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera will have to postpone his return to the ring because of a right eye injury, something that had never happened before and now it appears that a new date will land sometime from October to November.
Barrera was scheduled to return on August 18 against Sean Monaghan as part of a new boxing series being streamed on Facebook. The series was put together in a partnership between Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events.
But, Barrera suffered the mishap during a session of sparring and the doctor recommended rest for several weeks.
Barrera (21-2, 14 KO) was looking to bounce back after suffering a knockout loss at the hands of WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol on March 3. Ironically, Bivol returns to the ring on Saturday night against Issac Chilemba.
A victory by Barrera could have set up another lucrative opportunity in the coming months – against a name fighter like Badou Jack, Adonis Stevenson or Artur Beterbiev.
“I really feel very upset about this, because I was looking forward to my return to the ring,” said Barrera to George Ebro. “I promise my fans that I will come back stronger than ever, but now I feel unhappy because of this momentary setback.”
The Cuban, who was preparing in South Florida under the guidance of Professor Derick Rosario and was winding down with the final part of his camp.
“No one can imagine how much passion Sullivan put into this camp,” said manager Luis Molina. “We have no choice but to wait for Sullivan to recover completely and restart everything. But we are confident that better things will come and that Sullivan will be the same as he was in his best moments. ”