Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) will take on faded former super middleweight titlist Jeff Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) in an eight-rounder on Jan. 30 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Barrera, 32, will be fighting for the third time under the tutelage of trainer Abel Sanchez, best known as Gennady Golovkin’s trainer.
"Facing an ex-world champion in Jeff Lacy is going to be a tough test,” Barrera said. “I know he cannot be underestimated, but I'm ready to go out there and give the fans what they want to see. It will be another victory and another step toward a world championship.”
The 37-year-old Lacy, a 2000 U.S. Olympian, is 2-3 in his last five fights dating to his 2009 loss to Roy Jones Jr. Lacy retired at the end of 2010 but returned in 2013 and is 2-1 since coming back.
The fight is not scheduled to be part of the “Friday Night Fights” telecast, but it could make the air if other bouts end in knockouts. In the 10-round lightweight main event, Karl Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) will face Tony Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) with an eight-round middleweight fight set for the co-feature between Thomas Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs) and Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs).