GERVONTA DAVIS is back in action this weekend against the hard-hitting super-lightweight Mario Barrios. ‘Tank’, as the Mayweather Promotions man is known, hasn’t been in the ring since he brutally knocked out Leo Santa Cruz in six rounds last October.
Barrios also fought that night, beating Ryan Karl in the same amount of rounds.
And now the pair will clash for Barrios WBA ‘Regular’ title at 140lbs in what will be Davis’ first fight in the division.
Davis vs. Barrios Fight Info
When: Saturday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET (main event approx. 12 a.m. ET)
Where: State Farm Arena in Atlanta
Live Stream: Showtime PPV ($74.99)
Odds (via DraftKings): Davis -560, Barrios +350
When is Davis vs Barrios?
Davis’ huge clash with Barrios will take place this Saturday, June 26.
The bout will get underway in the early hours of Sunday, June 27 for UK fans.
Expect ring-walks to take place at around 4am.
Davis vs Barrios will be held at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
What channel is it and can it be live streamed?
It’s good news for fans looking to stay up late and watch in the UK as the fight will be available to watch on Fite TV.
Davis vs Barrios will set you back £9.99, however.
You can live stream the event from the Fite TV app, which is available for download onto your mobile device, tablet or Smart TV.
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What have they said?
“I’m excited to be in this position to be able to give the fans what they want to see, which is an exciting fight,” Davis said.
“Atlanta showed me love the last time I came, so why not come back?
“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.”
Barrios said: “This is all brand new, but I’m taking it all in and excited to be in Atlanta. I’m just excited to go out there on Saturday and give everybody a great fight.
“No doubt about it, Tank is by far the toughest test for another title defense, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to be successful on Saturday. There’s going to be fireworks on Saturday.”
Gervonta Davis and Mario Barrios will put their unbeaten records on the line this weekend when they face off for the WBA super lightweight title.
‘Tank’ Davis, who has an undefeated record of 24 wins, is already a two-weight world champion having claimed gold at lightweight and super featherweight.
Now, he’ll look to add a super lightweight belt to his collection when he faces Barrios in Atlanta.
‘El Azteca’ is the WBA champion and took his record to 26 straight wins when he beat Ryan Karl last October.
Something will have to give when the two Americans face off this weekend but who will keep their perfect record intact?
Gervonta “Tank” Davis has made a name for himself thanks to his prodigious power.
The undefeated 26-year-old has stopped all but one of his 24 opponents, and many of those knockouts have been spectacular. In his next bout, he’s out to prove his power will carry to a higher weight class. On Saturday night, Davis will look to win a title in a third division as he takes on WBA (regular) super lightweight champion Mario Barrios at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Davis is jumping up two weight classes to take on Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs). His most recent bout was in October against Leo Santa Cruz, fighting for the WBA super featherweight title. Santa Cruz had some success, but Davis abruptly ended the fight in the sixth round with a devastating uppercut. Here’s a look, per Showtime Boxing:
Barrios, 26, isn’t as well-known as Davis, but he’s no pushover. Ring Magazine ranks him as the No. 7 fighter in the super lightweight division. He’s taller and has a longer reach than Davis and will be in his comfort zone fighting at 140 pounds. If he’s sharp Saturday night, he could prove to be Davis’ toughest test as a professional.
Davis’ decision to jump up to super lightweight has surprised some considering there are a number of great fighters one division below at lightweight, where Davis holds the WBA secondary world title. Teofimo Lopez, the IBF, WBO and WBA (super) world champion at 135 pounds, has even called out Davis for “avoiding” him, per DAZN.com’s Alexander Netherton.
With a tough task ahead of him, Tank has mostly ignored the chatter. He says Saturday night is about proving he can steamroll opponents at 140 pounds just as easily as he does it at 130.
“My last fight people complained that Leo Santa Cruz was too small, so I’m basically going out there and showing that a size difference doesn’t matter,” Davis said, per Bad Left Hook’s Scott Christ. “I’m going to beat whoever they put in front of me. I’m trying to chase greatness.”
The knockout blows have made Davis a popular fighter, but he’s more than just an explosive puncher. He has excellent hand speed and great footwork. The technique on his power shots is fantastic, as evidenced by his destruction of Santa Cruz. Despite having some trouble with Santa Cruz’s work rate and tenacity, Davis was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the knockout, per BoxRec.