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Gervonta Davis Speaks On Mario Barrios Matchup

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Gervonta Davis Speaks On Mario Barrios Matchup

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Gervonta Davis Speaks On Mario Barrios Matchup

Four-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and undefeated WBA Super Lightweight Champion Mario “El Azteca” Barrios went face-to-face Thursday at a press conference to preview their SHOWTIME PPV main event taking place Saturday, June 26, at the award-winning State Farm Arena in Atlanta in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Intriguing matchup as Davis is jumping weight classes up to 140 to take on the undefeated Barrios but will have the advantage of being another hometown bout for Davis in the State Farm Arena, where he was victorious against Yurkois Gamboa back in December 2019. Coming off his stoppage win of Leo Santa Cruz, Davis is out to prove why he is the best fighter out there.

“I took this fight because I want to be great. All the other big names at lightweight had scheduled fights, so I felt like I wanted to go out and beat the best fighter out there for me,” Davis said at the presser Thursday for the event.

Of course, for Davis, the biggest concern was the move up in weight, but David noted that that wouldn’t be a problem.

“Even if he is bigger than me on fight night, it doesn’t matter. This is all part of the sport. My goal is to break him down. If I can get him out of there, I’ll get him out of there. If it goes 12 rounds, so be it. He’s big and strong, but he’s never faced anyone like me,” Davis stated.

“I’m not worried about losing any speed by adding weight. I’m going to be quick regardless. I think I’m going to be at my best at 140-pounds.

We’re all going to see if the move up in weight has any effect on Davis, but we all won’t know until the opening bell in June.

“We have to wait and see what happens on fight night. Different styles dictate what I need to show in the fight. We’ll see what he brings to the table, and then we’ll capitalize off of it,” Davis said.

If Davis is victorious here, it’ll be interesting to see if he stays at that weight or moves around. If he stays at the weight, I’d like to see if  Regis Prograis is an option next, but time will play out to see if anything materializes.

Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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