Gervonta Davis, also known as the “Tank”, had called the increase in the weight class at 140 pounds on Saturday. This had shown his desire for greatness. He then put in a performance to back his claim shortly afterward.
Mario Barrios Put Up A Good Fight Against Gervonta Davis
Gervonta Davis, 26, is presently 25 fights without any losses with 24 TKOs. He then went on to lead his second back-to-back PPV card. In the process, he also claimed another world title across three weight classes as he stopped Mario Barrios, the regular WBA champion weighing 140 pounds. Barrios has a record of 26 wins and 1 loss with 17 knockouts. The Atlanta slugfest was dramatic and thrilling all the way till the 11th Round.
When the fight was stopped, Gervonta Davis had the lead in all 3 scorecards. However, Barrios worked harder and was seemingly fighting the tank on even terms across consecutive exciting and competitive rounds towards the end.
Baltimore-native Gervonta Davis rallied in the 11th Round even though Barrios had a strong start. This was Barrios’ third time hitting the floor during the fight as Davis’s left uppercut hit Barrios’ body. As Barrios stood up once more, Davis threw a flurry of punches forcing Barrios onto the ropes. At this point, Thomas Taylor, the referee, intervened and stopped the fight at 2 minutes 13 seconds in the round.
Davis turned out to be the better puncher even though is shorter by about six inches than his opponents. He is currently the WBA 130-pound and 135-pound champion. This was his debut in junior welterweight. Davis said that the fight was all about adjustments. He knew if he caught Barrios with clean shots, he could do more damage. Even though he missed at first, by Round 5, he adjusted sufficiently.