According to Mike Coppinger from ESPN Sergey Kovalev vs. Sullivan Barrera will headline a card in Indio, CA on 25th of April.
Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 KO) vs. Barrera (22-3, 14 KO) will take place at a 180-pound catchweight; Kovalev trainer Buddy McGirt recently claimed that “The Krusher” would continue his career at cruiserweight, but a source tells TASS that Kovalev has “no plans at the moment regarding the change of his weight category.”
Either way, this is no cakewalk for the former division king, who’s presently embroiled in scandal after scandal. Though Barrera is 38, tends to get dropped once per fight, and is coming off of a loss to Jesse Hart, he’s as tough and as nasty as they come at 175. Another flat performance from Kovalev could easily result in a second consecutive defeat.
The co-main, which we’ve discussed before, is easily the best fight on the card and one of the best of the weekend behind Inoue-Casimero. Teixeira (31-1, 22 KO) is coming off of a huge win over Carlos Adames and Castano (16-0-1, 12 KO) is an all-action bruiser with the skills to match.