GERVONTA DAVIS might find yourself calling himself a super-lightweight champion by the tip of this weekend. That may be to erase the actual achievements of Josh Taylor, who unified all 4 of the key belts at 140lbs along with his current victory over Jose Ramirez. However Mario Barrios holds a spurious WBA ‘common’ strap and he takes on Davis on the State Farm Area in Atlanta on Saturday (June 26).
This explicit belt shouldn’t be vital however Barrios is a reliable fighter. Educated by Virgil Hunter, the 26-year-old is unbeaten in 26 skilled contests, 17 of these victories coming inside the space. He knocked out Ryan Karl on the undercard of Gervonta Davis’ final struggle.
However he has had laborious bouts himself. Batyr Akhmedov gave him nearly all he might deal with over 12 rounds in 2019. Akmedov is inexperienced as knowledgeable, he’d solely had seven fights when he met Barrios. However a strong novice and an Olympian, it was Akhmedov who got here on sturdy within the second half of the struggle. He swarmed throughout Barrios, attending to him with stern punches.
It was Barrios’ energy that bought him out of bother and secured a win on the playing cards. A left hook dropped Akmedov within the first spherical and simply when Mario wanted it he blasted the Uzbekistan-born Russian off his ft and had him damage within the final spherical.
It reveals that Barrios has energy and will be harmful. However Davis is the extra full fighter. At his greatest he’s regarded devastating. Most not too long ago, with a hellish uppercut, he knocked Leo Santa Cruz chilly. He has the higher resume, he’s had the higher performances however these have all come at lighter weights. He’s fought no increased than light-weight and most of his performances have come at super-featherweight. Barrios has been a super-lightweight since 2017. The important thing unknown shall be how Davis handles that transfer up into this new division.
“We all know that Barrios is an even bigger man and that he can punch. We’re working laborious every day within the gymnasium as a result of we’re going up in opposition to a giant process,” Gervonta stated. “All of us have challenges we undergo in life and that’s what makes us sturdy. That is one other problem that I’ve on my highway to success. I’m able to stroll by means of it and maintain pushing.
“We all know it is a harmful struggle. Barrios is coming with energy and you already know for positive I’m coming with energy.
“I took this struggle as a result of I need to be nice. All the opposite massive names at light-weight had scheduled fights so I felt like I wished to exit and beat one of the best fighter on the market for me.
“Even when he’s greater than me on struggle night time, it doesn’t matter. That is all a part of the game. My objective is to interrupt him down. If I can get him out of there, I’ll get him out of there. He’s massive and robust, however he’s by no means confronted anybody like me.”
Curiously Akmedov, like Davis, is a southpaw. It’s probably that Davis will get to him along with his velocity and finally grind Barrios down and power a late stoppage.
Barrios nevertheless insisted, “‘Tank’ is an effective fighter and a really explosive fighter. There’s the query of whether or not he’s bringing his energy as much as 140. I don’t have any considerations about it although. He’s the man who has to point out individuals he can deal with my energy at this weight.”
“Whether or not you want ‘Tank’ or not, he has one of many largest names in boxing. That is the kind of struggle that may skyrocket my identify up there to the highest stage of the game,” he continued. “This can be a large alternative for me. ‘Tank’ referred to as me out. I do know he’s attempting to do one thing nice, however it is a harmful struggle for him. It’s going to be an action-packed struggle. We’ve by no means confronted fighters like one another earlier than.”
Davis does are likely to carry out in his massive fights, although exterior the ring there are actual considerations. Final 12 months he was arrested and charged after an altercation with the mom of his youngster. Most not too long ago he was indicted on varied counts after a visitors collision. None of this has discouraged Showtime from placing this subsequent struggle on pay-per-view. UK viewers can watch the stream on Fite TV, additionally for a price.
The Verdict A check for Davis as he tries to show he can rise by means of the weights however not fairly PPV stuff.