INSIDE THE RING: Mario Barrios vs. Gervonta Davis this summer

“El Azteca” defends his title this coming June on PPV.

Mario Barrios delivers a strong right against Ryan Karl on October 31, 2020 in the Alamodome. Photo courtesy of Esther Lin and Showtime.
Mario Barrios delivers a strong right against Ryan Karl on October 31, 2020 in the Alamodome. Photo courtesy of Esther Lin and Showtime. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – This time last year, the boxing world came to a halt due to COVID-19. Boxers all over the country waited for months to see when they could spar and fight again.

The start of 2021 has been extremely quiet for many of San Antonio’s area boxers. Fighters have been waiting patiently again to see when they can enter the ring and continue their professional careers.

That wait is finally over for Mario Barrios.

Barrios, the reigning WBA World Super Lightweight title holder, will defend his belt against fellow undefeated boxer Gervonta Davis on June 26 live on Showtime pay-per-view. Davis, who last fought at 130-pounds, will be moving up two weight classes to fight against Barrios.

Both fighters last fought as the co-main and main events in the Alamodome on Halloween night last year, the first fight in the country that allowed fans inside since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Southwest High School grad defeated fellow Texan Ryan “Cowboy” Karl on October 31st with a sixth-round technical knockout, giving “El Azteca” his first knockout win since 2019. Barrios is 26-0 with 17 knockouts and has been staying in shape waiting in anticipation for the details of this bout to be worked out.

Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) easily defeated Leo Santa Cruz that same evening in the Alamodome. Davis delivered a brutal left uppercut to Santa Cruz in the sixth-round, earning the knockout win while defending his WBA World Lightweight title and taking away Santa Cruz’s WBA Super Featherweight title.


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