HomeBoxing NewsGervonta Davis Drops Mario Barrios Thrice En Route To 11th Round Stoppage, Wins WBA 140 Pound Belt
Gervonta Davis Drops Mario Barrios Thrice En Route To 11th Round Stoppage, Wins WBA 140 Pound Belt
June 27, 2021
Gervonta Davis made the size and weight class argument look irrelevant after moving up two weight classes to drop Mario Barrios Thrice, en route to an eleventh round knockout victory at the State Farm Arena on Saturday.
Barrios was about 5inch taller with 3.5 inches reach advantage over Davis but the smaller Man, leveled the field with his power and speed dropping him twice in the eight round and ones in the eleventh round. The later led to an immediate stoppage and victory to Davis, also with bragging rights and the status of a three divisional champion.
The last point from the last Paragraph could be argued by Hardcore Boxing Fans though, who believe that the WBA “Regular” title isn’t a world title and shouldn’t exist. Whatever their conclusions, Davis did exceptionally well in earning the victory especially against a big opponent and an unbeaten champion in the weight class.
Barrios was able to get back to his feet after each knockdown and looked brave enough to continue the fight but the referee understood his bravery and knew he had to stop the fight at exactly 2:13 of the eleventh round.
However, Barrios was in a no win situation as before the start of the eleventh round, Davis was already ahead on the Judges score cards – Barry Lindenman (96-92), David Sutherland (97-91) and Zachary Young (96-92) – The fight score was much closer at the end of the first half.
“I made it tough,” Davis told Showtime’s Jim Gray following his win. “I made it tough, I’d say. I definitely coulda made it easier. But, you know, it is what is. I went up in weight, two weight classes. … I was trying to catch him with some funny shots. I’m the type of fighter that I wanna catch you with clean shots. I just don’t wanna throw any type of shots. So, the shots I was throwing, most of them were missing, but eventually I caught him well.”
Davis improved his record to 25-0, 24 knockouts, boasting a 96% knockout ratio with his only decision victory coming against German Meraz back in 2014. He has since then, won 16 straight fights by way of knockout.
Barrios dropped his undefeated record to 25-1, 17 knockouts and his WBA “Regular” Junior Welterweight title, which he won via what was perceived a controversial decision against Batyr Akhmedov back in 2019. After the loss, Barrios congratulated Davis for his achievement and promised to bounce back from the loss.
“Congrats to Tank,” a smiling Barrios said. “He came in here, you know, and he did his thing. It was nothing short of an exciting fight. That’s exactly what both of us predicted. He walked away tonight as the better man, but I’ll definitely be back.”
Davis is now officially a three divisional champion with his victory over Barrios. However, the WBA has Josh Taylor, the Undisputed 140 pound champion as their “Super” champion and the true champion. Which is the only argument critics will bring up after such an impressive victory.
Davis who has previously won WBA world lightweight title, the WBA’s “super” 130-pound championship and the IBF junior lightweight title has made known, he plans on moving back down to the 135 pound division and even 130 pounds for his next fight.