In the second Barrera came out assertive himself as the better boxer constantly landing the more clear and harder shots despite being cut right above his right eye. The third round resulted in Valera being deducted a point for a low blow, a theme that would go on throughout the fight.
By the middle rounds Barrera had asserted himself as the better and more experienced fighter. However, Valera proved to be tough as he kept coming forward trying to land shots of his own but you could clearly see Barrera was more crafty and the better all around fighter. Valera was dedudcted two more points for low blows in the 6th & 8th round. By the time the final bell rung it was clear who the winner was. Valera was a tough out but Barrera stayed focus followed the game plan getting the wide decision (98-88, 97-90, 97-89) on the scorecards.
The win makes Barrera the mandatory for the WBA light heavyweight title held by Bivol. It’s a fight that Barrera has expressed interest in wanting and should be able to be made possibly next especially since the earlier announcement of the Russian signing a deal with Main Events, who also happens to be Barrera’s promoter. Hopefully, that one comes sooner rather than later.
By: Wilson Urena