Promoter Ahmet Oner (ARENA) has signed a long-term promotional contract with light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera.
The 29 year old Cuban who lives and trains in Miami, Florida, is one of the fastest rising stars in boxing today. Barrera literally blew away all of his opponents since turning pro in August 2009. With his most recent KO-win over Frank Paines in June, Barrera collected two regional titles and secured himself a top 15 spot in the WBC and WBA ratings after only eight pro-fights. It was no other than Cuban superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa who introduced Barrera to Oner and initiated the promotional deal.
"I know that Ahmet is one of the best promoters in the world", says Gamboa who will function as manager for Barrera. "He knows how to match his fighters and get them in position for world title shots. And Sullivan surely has the potential to become a huge star."
"Sullivan Barrera will be world champion very soon", adds Oner. "He is one of the greatest talents in the sport."
Oner has quite some experience in promoting Cuban fighters. In 2007 he signed the 2004 Olympic gold medalists Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy. Two years later light middleweight contender Erislandy Lara turned professional under his banner as well.
ARENA Sports-Promotion is originally based in Germany but Oner lives in Miami now where he opened a branch of his globally working company last year.
Besides his Cuban stars Oner also represents WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin who is scheduled to fight Jo Jo Dan in November and might be on collision course with former light welterweight champion Devon Alexander.
October 3, 2011