Unbeaten Cuban light heavyweight prospect Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11ko) , who fans last saw on the under card of Sergey Kovalev’s destruction of Nadjib Mohammedi last month, has publicly called out Canadian former world champion Jean Pascal.
Pascal boxed Barrera’s friend and fellow Cuban Yunieski Gonzalez on the same card in an all action thriller that saw the Haitian born fighter get the nod in a controversial decision – something former amatuer standout Barrera hasn’t taken kindly to – and he sees it as his duty to right the wrong as it were.
Speaking to ESPN.com, he said;
“I called Pascal out after he got a gift against my boy Yunieski. He knows he lost that fight. I don’t know why this guy continues to duck me. Is he scared of all Cubans now? Pascal, I’m waiting for you, papa. Glove up.”
Barrera, who trains at Abel Sanchez’s Summit facility in Big Bear, California, believes Pascal is too focused on trying to secure a rematch with devastating Russian puncher Sergey Kovalev, whom he lost to back in March via 8th round stoppage.
“Is Pascal going to be a coward and just wait for a Kovalev rematch?”
Speaking directly to Pascal, he added;
“No one thought you beat Yunieski. Fight me to prove you deserve a Kovalev rematch. He already knocked you out so it’s not like that fight is in high demand. You can earn the rematch by winning a real fight. I already said I would go to Canada, so man up.”