Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios results, highlights

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Gervonta “Tank” Davis called his move up two weight classes to 140 pounds for Saturday’s pay-per-view in Atlanta a move that proved he was “daring to be great.” those that watched his performance would be hard-pressed to disagree. Davis (25-0, 24 KOs), a 26-year-old rising star, headlined his second consecutive PPV card and added a world title during a third weight class by stopping Mario Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs), the WBA regular champion at 140 pounds, in Round 11 of an exciting and dramatic slugfest inside State Farm Arena.

Although Davis was leading on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, Barrios was busier and largely fighting him on what seemed to be even terms throughout a series of competitive and exciting rounds to shut the fight. Davis, a native of Baltimore, rallied in Round 11 after a hot start from Barrios to floor him for the third time within the fight with a left uppercut to the body. After Barrios made it back to his feet, a flurry from Davis along the ropes forced referee Thomas Taylor to leap in at 2:13 of the round. “I made it tough, I made it tough. I definitely could have made it easier but it’s what it’s,” Davis said. “I went up two weight classes and that I got the work done.”

The reigning 130-pound WBA champion and secondary WBA titleholder at 135 pounds, Davis proved to be the larger puncher despite abandoning nearly six inches tall in his boxer debut, just nine months after recording the knockout of the year in 2020 by finishing Leo Santa Cruz with an uppercut in Round 6 of their boxer bout. “It was just adjustments. he’s 140 [pounds] and that I wanted to catch him with clean shots,” Davis said. “I don’t just want to throw any sort of shot. initially, I used to be missing them but eventually I trapped him. “I was arising two weight classes but I knew that if I caught him, I could get him out of there.”

After a robust start from Barrios by using his jab to regulate distance without over-extending himself to be countered, the diminutive Davis made the foremost important adjustment of the fight in Round 5 when he began to parry at Barrios’ jab together with his right glove. The change disarmed Barrios of the shot as he became worried that the quicker Davis would counter him in close. “I haven’t been a hater, congrats to Tank. He came in here and did his thing,” Barrios said. “This was nothing in need of an exciting fight and that is what we came here to try to do. I will be back.” “I made it tough, I made it tough. I definitely could have made it easier but it’s what it’s,” Davis said. “I went up two weight classes and that I got the work done.”

The reigning 130-pound WBA champion and secondary WBA titleholder at 135 pounds, Davis proved to be the larger puncher despite abandoning nearly six inches tall in his boxer debut, just nine months after recording the knockout of the year in 2020 by finishing Leo Santa Cruz with an uppercut in Round 6 of their boxer bout. “It was just adjustments. he’s 140 [pounds] and that I wanted to catch him with clean shots,” Davis said. “I don’t just want to throw any sort of shot. initially, I used to be missing them but eventually I trapped him. “I was arising two weight classes but I knew that if I caught him, I could get him out of there.”

After a robust start from Barrios by using his jab to regulate distance without over-extending himself to be countered, the diminutive Davis made the foremost important adjustment of the fight in Round 5 when he began to parry at Barrios’ jab together with his right glove. The change disarmed Barrios of the shot as he became worried that the quicker Davis would counter him in close. “I haven’t been a hater, congrats to Tank. He came in here and did his thing,” Barrios said. “This was nothing in need of an exciting fight and that is what we came here to try to do. I will be back.”

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