By: Sean Crose
Gervonta Davis is now formally set to battle Mario Barrios on June twenty sixth in Atlanta’s State Farm Area. The bout would be the major occasion of a Showtime Pay Per View card introduced by Premiere Boxing Champions, which represents Davis. Davis was final seen knocking out Leo Santa Cruz with a thunderous uppercut on Halloween evening of final 12 months. That bout made the Baltimore native the WBA world tremendous featherweight champion, in addition to the WBA world light-weight champion. Now the 24-0 knockout artist (solely one in every of Davis’ fights has gone the gap) will likely be preventing for the WBA world junior welterweight title when he faces Barrios, the defending champion.
In truth, the 26-0 Barrios was final seen on the undercard of the Davis-Santa Cruz match final October. Like Davis, Barrios impressed that night, defending his WBA strap by knocking out Ryan Karl within the sixth of a scheduled 12 spherical affair. Barrios gained his title by besting Batyr Akhmedov in September of 2019 through a Unanimous Determination. Davis will unquestionably be the largest title the 26 Barrios has confronted, but Davis, additionally 26, will likely be shifting up in weight in an effort to attempt to take away Barrios’ title from his possession.
Davis is clearly being groomed to be one of many largest stars in boxing. He hasn’t reached that stage of fighter but – few do – however the man is certainly spectacular within the ring. Though this doesn’t stand to be an enormously profitable Pay Per View occasion, there’s little doubt that Davis has followers. It’s clear, then, that Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions are investing sooner or later by having Davis headline his personal Pay Per View card. For, though nobody was stunned when Davis bested Santa Cruz final fall, it’s exhausting to argue that Santa Cruz wasn’t an enormous title fighter himself we he and Davis squared off.
As for Barrios, that is clearly the chance of a lifetime. Few, if any, will seemingly give the Texan a lot of an opportunity of successful, regardless of a substantial peak benefit. Once more, the draw right here is Davis, not the matchmaking. Nonetheless, Davis IS shifting up in weight. What’s extra, he’s preventing towards a professional opponent who holds a world title and who will unquestionably be in one of the best situation in his life. Toss in the truth that Barrios will most probably slip in between the ropes with the intention of surprising the world on June twenty sixth, and it turns into clear the world may need a good battle on its fingers.