Someone’s 0 will have to go when Gervonta Davis and Mario Barrios contest a secondary WBA world title on Saturday night.
130lbs and 135lbs champion, Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) steps up in weight to challenge undefeated Texan, Barrios in Atlanta for his WBA ‘Regular’ crown.
‘Tank’, undefeated in 24 fights has only been the distance once, last seen scoring a showreel knockout of Leo Santa Cruz in October which was awarded as 2020 knockout of the year by the coveted Ring Magazine.
The question is whether his power will carry up to Super Lightweight having campaigned the majority of his career 10 pounds lighter other than when he claimed the WBA ‘Regular’ Lightweight title against Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2019.
Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) blasted out Ryan Karl in six rounds on the undercard of his foe’s win over Santa Cruz in San Antonio, but despite being the natural 140 pounder, heads in as the betting underdog.
Josh Taylor is the undisputed Super Lightweight champion, holding all four belts and the Ring Magazine title and would be a natural future target for the victor, although the Scot told the media on Tuesday that he does not consider the winner as a world champion.
🗣️ “THERE’S ONLY ONE CHAMPION IN THE 140 DIVISION & THAT’S MYSELF”
🥊 @JoshTaylorBoxer says he is the only world champion at 140lbs, ahead of @Gervontaa‘s clash with WBA ‘Regular’ titlist Mario Barrios!
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— Pro Boxing Fans (@ProBoxingFans) June 22, 2021
Davis vs Barrios – Date and Venue
- Davis and Barrios clash on Saturday 26 June at the State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia.
Davis vs Barrios – How To Watch It
- The fight card will be broadcast on SHOWTIME pay-per-view in the USA from $74.99.
- The fight is available to watch on FITE TV pay-per-view in the UK priced at $9.99 on their website.
Davis vs Barrios – Start time
- The pay-per-view is set to start at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT/ 2am BST.
- The main event is set to start at Midnight ET / 9pm PT / 5am BST.
Last Three Fights
- Gervonta Davis bt Leo Santa Cruz – 6th round KO
- Gervonta Davis bt Yuriorkis Gamboa – 12th round TKO
- Gervonta Davis bt Ricardo Nunez – 2nd round TKO
- Mario Barrios bt Ryan Karl – 6th round KO
- Marios Barrios bt Batyr Akhmedov – UD
- Mario Barrios bt Juan Jose Velasco – 2nd round KO
- Erickson Lubin vs Jeison Rosario – WBC Silver Super Welterweight title
- Batyr Akhmedov vs Algenis Mendez – Super Lightweight
- Carlos Adames vs Alexis Salazar – Super Welterweight
- Leduan Barthelemy vs Viktor Slavinskyi – Super Featherweight
- Andres Gutierrez vs TBA – Super Lightweight
- Dalton Bodie vs Trevor Bradshaw – Super Middleweight
- Stacey Selby vs TBA – Super Lightweight
What Has Been Said?
“This is one of my toughest fights on paper. I’ll be ready and hopefully he’ll be ready, and we’ll give the fans what they want to see,” Davis said during Wednesday’s media workout.