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Sullivan Barrera is a professional boxer. He is from Cuba. Sullivan Barrera has won the middleweight gold medal in the AIBA Junior World Championships in 2000 as an amateur.

Quick Info
NameSullivan Barrera
Date of birth25 February 1982
Place of birthGuantanamo Bay, Cuba
Net worth$0.8 Million
Height1.88 m
Marital statusMarried
Father's NameRafael Barrera
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBlack

Sullivan Barrera is a light, heavyweight boxer from Cuba who fights in the United States. Since turning professional in 2009, he has a (22-3-0) win-loss-draw record. Barrera won gold in the middleweight division of the AIBA Junior World Championships in 2000 as an amateur.


Early life

Sullivan Barrera, a resident of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was born on February 25, 1982, under the sign of Pisces. Barrera left his entire family in Cuba to pursue a boxing career in the United States.

Sullivan Barrera
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As a middleweight, Sullivan Barrera won the gold medal in the AIBA Junior World Championships in 2000. Barrera defeated Chad Dawson in the semi-finals and Imre Szell in the final of that tournament. In 2002 and 2003, Barrera won the bronze medal at the Torneo Playa Girón. Barrera has a 285-27 amateur record.

Barrera made his third attempt to flee to the United States in 2009, after two prior failures.



In August 2009, Barrera made his professional debut. His first five fights were all knockouts. Sullivan Barrera won the WBA Fedelatin and interim WBO Latino light heavyweight belts in his seventh fight. Barrera was considered among the top 15 lightweight heavyweight contenders by the WBA and WBC early in his career. Barrera worked out with Abel Sanchez, the coach of Gennady Golovkin. Barrera defeated Rowland Bryant on the undercard of Hopkins-Kovalev in November 2014.

Sullivan Barrera

On June 24, 2011, at Dade County Auditorium in Miami, Florida, Florida, Sullivan Barrera defeated Frank Paines for the first time in his career, winning the WBA Federation and WBO Latino interim light heavyweight titles. Then, Barrera fought Karo Murat in an IBF eliminator in December 2015, with the winner becoming Sergey Kovalev’s mandatory challenger. Barrera had been scheduled to fight Artur Beterbiev and Igor Mikhalkin by the IBF, but agreements for both bouts fell through. So instead, Barrera pummeled Murat, dropping him in the fourth round and halting him in the fifth. At the time, Barrera and Kovalev were both signed to Kathy Duva’s promotional company, Main Events.

Sullivan Barrera then challenged Andre Ward, the former unified super middleweight champion. Ward was making the transition from light heavyweight to light heavyweight. Ward’s hometown Oracle Arena hosted the bout.

Sullivan Barrera fought Joe Smith Jr. for the WBC International light heavyweight title on July 15, 2017. In round 10, he won the battle and the title. He faced Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight title on March 3, 2018, but was lost by TKO.

Barrera fought Jesse Hart on June 15, 2019, who had stepped up to light heavyweight before the fight. The fight was harsh, with both boxers clutching and striking each other during the breaks. Barrera landed clean blows throughout the fight, but despite his technical deficiencies, Hart was able to win the battle in the eyes of all three judges, collecting one knockdown in the process.

He fights Gilberto Ramirez on July 9, 2021, at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California, United States.


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Personal Life

Sullivan Barrera is a man who values his family. The boxer, on the other hand, likes to keep his personal life out of the spotlight. He is married; however, there is no information on his spouse.

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In April of 2020, Sullivan Barrera appeared out of nowhere, saying that he had become a father. “My little champ, I love so much,” he captioned a photo of his newborn baby boy.


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Net worth

Sullivan Barrera’s net worth is expected to be $0.8 million in 2021. He became a professional boxer in 2009 and has since established himself in the sport, earning six-figure sums from his wins.

On March 26, 2016, he won $450,000 in a battle against Ward, while his opponent won $1.85 million after defeating him. He pursued $125,000 against Jesse Hart’s $150,000 on June 15, 2019.

Boxers, unlike other athletes, have endorsements and sponsorships, although Barrera hasn’t stated anything about them.


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