4-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis will tackle a career-defining problem as he units his sights on capturing a title in a 3rd weight class when he faces undefeated WBA Tremendous Light-weight Champion Mario “El Azteca” Barrios in a SHOWTIME PPV essential occasion Saturday, June 26 on the award-winning State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta in an occasion introduced by Premier Boxing Champions.
The pay-per-view undercard will function a battle of two prime 154-pound contenders as Erickson “Hammer” Lubin faces former unified champion Jeison Rosario in a WBC Tremendous Welterweight Title Eliminator within the co-main occasion. Former unified tremendous welterweight champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams returns to the ring for the primary time in 18 months to tackle Brian Mendoza in a 10-round showdown and hard-hitting Olympian Batyr Akhmedov steps in towards former world champion Argenis Mendez in a 12-round WBA Tremendous Light-weight Title Eliminator to kick off the pay-per-view telecast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the dwell occasion at State Farm Enviornment, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, GTD Promotions, and TGB Promotions, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET, and could be bought at ticketmaster.com. The Akhmedov vs. Mendez battle is promoted in affiliation with World of Boxing.
One in every of boxing’s largest stars at simply 26-years-old, Davis strikes as much as 140-pounds for the primary time in his profession as he goals so as to add tremendous light-weight champion to his stellar resume. Davis has already captured titles at 130 and 135-pounds. With a victory, Davis will maintain world championships in three totally different divisions concurrently, a feat solely achieved by a couple of fighters in historical past, together with Henry Armstrong and Canelo Alvarez. Standing in his manner is the undefeated 25-year-old Barrios, who owns a 9-0 document with eight knockouts throughout his 140-pound reign whereas holding a six-inch top benefit over Davis.
“Gervonta Davis is trying to grow to be a three-division world champion, and has a giant endeavor in entrance of him in difficult Barrios for his WBA title at 140-pounds,” stated Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Barrios is a warrior, and that is going to be Davis’ hardest battle so far. Atlanta, be prepared for a present on June 26!”
Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) delivered a highlight-reel knockout in his final battle, producing one other sensational and memorable efficiency that has made him a preferred draw all through the nation. Davis stopped four-division champion Leo Santa Cruz with one highly effective uppercut in that October 2020 battle and put Santa Cruz down and out for the primary time in his illustrious profession. Promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Davis will make his second headline look on pay-per-view as he has asserted himself as a must-see headline attraction in his first pay-per-view
Davis first burst onto the scene with an explosive knockout victory over Jose Pedraza to win the IBF Junior Light-weight World Title in a star-making efficiency on SHOWTIME® in January 2017. On the time, he grew to become the youngest world champion in boxing at age 22. The Baltimore-native additionally owns knockout performances in world title fights over Jesus Cuellar in 2018 and Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2019. The 2019 conquer Gamboa got here at a bought out State Farm Enviornment, throughout a yr that additionally noticed him fill venues in his hometown of Baltimore and Southern California.
“I’m excited to make historical past on June 26 in Atlanta and grow to be a three-division world champion,” stated Davis. “Atlanta welcomed me with open arms for my battle towards Gamboa and I couldn’t wait to return again and headline a spectacular SHOWTIME PPV card. Mario Barrios is an undefeated champion, however he hasn’t ever confronted anybody like me earlier than. Shifting as much as 140-pounds is a giant problem however I’ve been working arduous in camp and I’ll be prepared. Thanks to my complete workforce for making this historic boxing occasion doable. Be sure to get your tickets early as a result of this battle is unquestionably promoting out! Hold supporting me and I’ll battle for you!”
Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) captured his 140-pound championship in September 2019, scoring two knockdowns and preventing by a reduce to win a unanimous choice over beforehand unbeaten Batyr Akhmedov. The San Antonio-native trains in Oakland, Calif., beneath the steerage of famend coach Virgil Hunter. In his most up-to-date outing, Barrios knocked out Ryan Karl within the sixth spherical of their conflict on the pay-per-view undercard of Davis vs. Santa Cruz.
Standing almost six-feet tall, Barrios debuted as a professional at tremendous bantamweight in 2013 and had success transferring up the rankings within the tremendous featherweight division. His first 140-pound bout got here in 2017 and noticed him improve his energy from his earlier performances. At tremendous light-weight, Barrios has scored knockouts in each battle besides the title-winning efficiency towards Akhmedov, the place his energy was nonetheless on show with a pair of knockdowns.
“Combating on SHOWTIME PPV is a dream come true and a chance that I’m going to take full benefit of,” stated Barrios. “Gervonta Davis is a pound-for-pound champion and it’s going to be an honor sharing the ring with him. This battle is my shining second and the top of the boxing world, on the largest stage doable. Boxing followers across the globe shall be watching this battle and I’m coming to shock the world. To all my Mexican followers, I’m going to carry this historic victory dwelling for La Raza.”
The 25-year-old Lubin (23-1, 16 KOs) has put collectively a powerful five-bout successful streak since a loss to unified 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo in 2017. In his most up-to-date outing, he defeated U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha by unanimous choice in September of final yr. Previous to the victory over Gausha, he grew to become the primary particular person to cease former champion Ishe Smith, along with a dominating victory over Nathaniel Gallimore in October 2019. A local of Orlando, Fla., Lubin is skilled by acclaimed coach Kevin Cunningham as he continues his quest towards one other title alternative. After a stellar novice profession, Lubin turned professional at 18 years outdated in 2013, finally being named “Prospect Of The Yr” by ESPN and Ring Journal in 2016.
“I’m so prepared for this battle and we’ve been working arduous in preparation for Rosario,” stated Lubin. “This battle is one other step nearer to getting that world title shot. Coach Cunningham and I’ve an important sport plan in place. We all know that is going to be a troublesome battle and the followers are going to see a much-improved model of myself. I’ve taken my coaching to the following stage throughout this coaching camp. Rosario is a former world champion who I do know goes to carry his greatest, which goes to make for an important night time of boxing. This card is stacked, however I’m going to steal the present with an unimaginable efficiency. I cannot be denied, I’m popping out on prime. It’s Hammer Time!”
Rosario (20-2-1, 14 KOs) will look to climb again into world title competition after shedding his 154-pound belts to Jermell Charlo of their September 2020 conflict. The 26-year-old captured the WBA and IBF belts by stopping Julian Williams in certainly one of 2020’s largest upsets. Born within the Dominican Republic and now preventing out of Miami, Rosario rode an eight-fight unbeaten streak into the showdown with Williams, together with victories over 154-pound contenders Jamontay Clark, Justin DeLoach, Jorge Cota and Marcos Hernandez. Coming into the Charlo matchup, Rosario had established his energy by incomes a stoppage victory or scoring a knockdown in seven of his earlier 9 contests.
“I make no excuses for shedding the battle to Charlo, however that was then, and that is now,” stated Rosario. “I’ve turned to a brand new web page in my profession with my new coach Herman Caicedo. I cannot lose once more, particularly on this battle towards Lubin. He’s an important contender, and I respect his talents, however I’ll knock him out on June 26.”
Philadelphia’s Williams (27-2-1, 16 KOs) grew to become a unified world champion at 154-pounds in Might 2019 when he upset Jarrett Hurd in one of many yr’s greatest fights, successful a close-quarters brawl by unanimous choice. The 31-year-old dropped the titles in his first protection, shedding to Jeison Rosario in January 2020. Williams had been driving a five-fight successful streak going into the Rosario matchup, during which he added victories over former champion Ishe Smith and hard-hitting contender Nathaniel Gallimore to his ledger.
“This has been the longest layoff of my profession, so I’m excited to get again within the ring,” stated Williams. “Mendoza is a good fighter. I’ve even been within the health club with him and he’s an excellent man. However on June 26, it’s going to be all enterprise. I simply want to return out on prime. He doesn’t have something that I haven’t seen earlier than. I do know he’ll be prepared as a result of that is just like the Tremendous Bowl for him. So I do know he’ll be prepared, however I’ll be prepared too. If I’m in a position to get the win, then it’s on to larger and higher alternatives. However I’m undoubtedly not trying previous Brian as a result of I understand how severely he’s taking this battle.”
Mendoza (19-1, 13 KOs) earned a profession best-victory in his final outing, beating veteran contender Thomas LaManna by unanimous choice in August 2020. The 27-year-old has fought professionally since 2014, together with his solely defeat coming by a slender split-decision in November 2019 towards Larry Gomez. Mendoza was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the place he gained two New Mexico Golden Gloves Championships as an novice, and at the moment fights out of Las Vegas.
“This battle towards Julian Williams is simply the battle I’ve been ready for,” stated Mendoza. “I’m planning to take full benefit of the chance. Julian Williams is a good fighter, however after June 26, the entire world goes to know that I belong at this stage.”
Born in Uzbekistan and now preventing out of Los Angeles, Akhmedov (8-1, 7 KOs) represented Turkey on the 2016 Olympic video games. The 30-year-old turned professional in 2017 and gained his first seven professional fights, with six coming by knockout. His lone blemish got here in an action-packed title battle towards Mario Barrios in September 2019, the place he was in a position to survive two knockdowns to make it a detailed battle, earlier than finally shedding by choice. Most lately, Akhmedov blasted out Ray Perez within the first spherical of their September 2020 conflict.
“I can’t wait to get again within the ring for a giant battle on June 26,” stated Akhmedov. “I’ve been coaching arduous to get one other shot on the title. I do know that if I make a giant assertion and defeat a former world champion in Mendez, I anticipate my subsequent battle shall be for the title. I’m all the time in thrilling fights that followers love, and this matchup goes to be no totally different.”
A former tremendous featherweight champion, Mendez (25-6-3, 12 KOs) has a status for offering stiff challenges to the game’s greatest and has confirmed to be a sturdy contender at 140-pounds, together with his most up-to-date outing that noticed him drop a split-decision to Richardson Hitchins final December. In 2019, Mendez fought to back-to-back attracts towards tremendous light-weight contenders Anthony Peterson and Juan Heraldez. Born in San Juan de La Maguana, Dominican Republic, Mendez now fights out of Yonkers, N.Y. and owns victories over Eddie Ramirez, Ivan Redkach and former titlist Miguel Vazquez. He has additionally gone toe-to-toe with former champions Rances Barthelemy and Robert Easter Jr.
“I’m prepared for something Akhmedov brings after which a world title battle after,” stated Mendez. “I consider that I beat Hitchins in my final battle, regardless that I used to be coming off a protracted layoff. I’m in nice form proper now. Akhmedov is a tough puncher, however the followers are going to see me shine towards him. There’s a lot left in my tank and that shall be apparent to everybody on June 26.”