Sullivan Barrera, Shane Mosley Jr. on Karl Dargan-Tony Luis card
Unbeaten light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera and junior middleweight Shane Mosley Jr. will compete in support of Friday’s main event between lightweights Karl Dargan and Tony Luis at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Main Events CEO Kathy Duva announced on Monday.
The card will be televised on ESPN2.
A native of Cuba now living in Miami, Barrera (14-0, 9 knockouts) scored his third straight stoppage against Rowland Bryant on the undercard of Sergey Kovalev’s unanimous decision over Bernard Hopkins in November. Along with Kovalev, who added Hopkins’ IBF and WBA belts to his own WBO title, Barrera is part of a deep pool of 175-pounders promoted by Main Events.
Barrera, 32, who will face former super middleweight titlist Jeff Lacy, will be in his third fight under trainer Abel Sanchez, who also works with RING No. 1-rated WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin.
Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) has gone 6-5 with one knockout over the course of his past 11 fights but was 21-0 when he lost his IBF 168-pound title by unanimous decision to Joe Calzaghe in March 2006.
Since then, Lacy, 37, has lost by unanimous decision to Jermain Taylor on November 2008 and by 10th round stoppage against Roy Jones Jr. in August 2009. Lacy is coming off a unanimous eight-round decision over Timothy Hall Jr. in December to rebound from a second-round technical knockout loss to Umberto Savigne in July.
Mosley (2-1, 2 KOs), the 24-year-old son of the retired five-time, three-division title winner, lost his last fight to Marchristopher Adkins (3-1, 1 KOs) in September in which he was co-trained by his father and his grandfather, Jack Mosley. Mosley will face Rafael Machado (0-2), a 31-year-old who has been stopped once.
MICHEL SORO TO FACE SANDOR MICSKO ON FRIDAY
Former title challenger Michel Soro of France will meet Sandor Micsko on Friday in Blagnac, France, promoter Michael King of King Sports has announced.
Soro (23-1-1, 13 knockouts), 27, is 5-0-1, with two knockouts since losing a unanimous decision to Zaurbek Baysangurov in a failed bid to earn the WBO title in May 2012. In his last fight in July, Soro battled to a majority draw with Antoine Douglas.
“We’ve got big plans for Michel in 2015. He was impressive against Douglas and we anticipate a fight against a top-10 contender if he’s successful against Micsko,” said King.
“Michel’s only loss was for the WBO super welterweight title against Zaurbek Baysangurov in 2012 in a very close fight, so we know he can compete at a world-class level. The key is for him to stay busy and that’s our plan for him in 2015.”
Micsko (25-7-2, 19 KOs), a 27-year-old southpaw, is coming off a second-round technical knockout win over Roland Bakonyi on Jan. 11 after having been stopped in the fourth round by Artur Akavov in October.
Information provided by a press release