Former WBA “Regular” Junior Welterweight Champion Mario Barrios will make a big move to Welterweight and plans to make a debut statement against one of the best Welterweights Keith Thurman, who he meets on a FOX Sports Pay-Per-View fight card on February 5 from Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The two fighters will be looking to bounce back from defeats from the their last outing. However, Thurman is a well rounded Welterweight and a former Unified Welterweight world champion, possibly the best test for Barrios credentials and a yard stick to ascertain the levels to which the Mexican can possibly reach in the new division.
Barrios was last seen in the ring in June, when he got handed his first professional career loss by Gervonta Davis, an eleventh round knockout, which ended his reign as the WBA “Regular” Junior Welterweight champion.
Thurman will be coming off a very long lay off, which has somehow been his thing despite being regarded at on time as one of the best Welterweights. The former unified champion has been away from the ring since his upset loss to Manny Pacquiao back in 2019.
“I’m excited to be making my welterweight debut against a great fighter and former world champion like Keith Thurman,” said Barrios.
“A lot of fighters wouldn’t take this fight, but that’s why I wanted it. Both of us like to throw a lot of bombs and I believe this will be an all-out war. The fans know I’m a warrior and that I don’t back down from any challenge, that’s why everyone should order this fight. ‘El Azteca’ is going to make a statement on February 5.”
Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs), brings to the ring a truck load of experience, coupled with a ring IQ that has helped him avoid defeat through the first 29 fights of his professional career. Manny Pacquiao was just too strong and too smart for his age and used his experience to topple Thurman.
However, Barrios will have a chance to either end the Veterans career with a big statement or stand watching his career dwindle back to the drawing board. This makes it a do or die for Barrios, who is also looking to bounce back from the first defeat of his career.