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Sullivan Barrera upset, presses Artur Beterbiev to agree US bout

Phil Jay 24/09/2015

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Ahead of their October 5 purse bid, Sullivan Barrea has urged Artur Beterbiev and his team not to take the fight to Canada if they are successful in the process.

As Barrera cannot enter Canada, Beterbiev’s promoter Yvon Michel has stated that should he win the bid, the IBF light-heavyweight title eliminator will go head to the Russian’s adopted country, effectively leaving the Cuban in no-mans land.

Miami-based Barrera still hopes to face Beterbiev even if Michel does claim the rights to stage the bout and hopes both consider the option of America before seeking an alternative opponent.

“I am very sorry to hear that for some reason Artur Beterbiev isn’t willing to fight me in the United States. The biggest fights are here and it’s funny that his last fight was in the U.S. and yet he won’t fight me here,” said Barrera.

“I’ve been wanting a big fight for years and I am willing to fight Beterbiev knowing that the purse is in his favor 75/25.

“If I could travel to Canada I would but I have some legalities that my team is currently in the process of getting cleared up.

“Artur, you have fought in the U.S. Don’t let your promoter block you from the fight that so many fans have been asking for. Let’s give the fans what they want, a great fight and the winner gets the opportunity to make history”

Next in line for the contest should Barrera be pushed out is recently challenger Nadjib Mohammedi.