Gervonta Davis Vs. Mario Barrios: Is Tank Fully Equipped To Handle 140? — Boxing News


This Saturday night time Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis jumps two weight courses to problem the unbeaten Mario ‘El Azteca’ Barrios in a 140-pound conflict on Showtime PPV. Additionally, within the co-feature former unified champ Jeison Rosario faces off in opposition to once-beaten Erickson Lubin for a title eliminator at junior middleweight. With Vasiliy Lomachenko returning to the ring on ESPN+ and the PBC on FOX on a particular Sunday version, the weekend appears to be filled with potential.  

Some of us within the media and among the many followers on boxing twitter have gone out of their option to downplay the Davis/Barrios struggle. Clearly everyone knows the undisputed crown is held by Josh Taylor and the WBA secondary title is nothing however a trinket. Nonetheless there are many “title” fights or vacant straps that don’t get the identical criticism. The WBA has manner too many belts little doubt, however the interim WBC’s, vacant WBO, or a legit boxer with a ‘actual’ belt routinely fights no-hopers. Let’s be frank, the rankings can imply near nothing regardless. So for the sake of retaining it honest let’s simply give attention to good struggle, to not point out most of the 130 & 135 pound champions have been tied up with different bouts or aligned on a distinct platform with their very own plans to matchup in-house fighters.

Gervonta shifting up from 130 to 140 will not be a straightforward activity per say and Mario Barrios is a legit top-10 man with good punching energy. Talking of which Tank’s energy didn’t fairly carry up from 130 to 135 in earlier outings so a great chunk of the intrigue to this matchup is how Gervonta adepts to the load. If Davis doesn’t have his similar energy it might power him to depend on different abilities to get the job accomplished. It must be famous that a few of the lack of actual punching energy at light-weight might’ve been as a result of Davis’s preparation. Both manner his physique and head punching simply haven’t had that very same pop and explosiveness at it does 5-pounds south of 135.

That’s to not say Tank is only a one trick pony however he’s solely confirmed a small quantity of strategic parts by means of 24 fights. In his flashes in opposition to Jose Pedraza, Liam Walsh, and Jesus Cuellar, it’s simple to see Davis has extra to supply the query is how a lot, one thing that will not be answered on Saturday night time. It does seem that Davis, as he did in his Halloween tilt final fall versus Leo Santa Cruz scoring highlight-reel stoppage, is taking his coaching camp very critical as an alternative of blowing up in the course of the time between camps. With Tank although, you must wait to see him on the dimensions after which within the ring to be 100% he’s in tip-top form.

Coming from a Mario Barrios standpoint he actually doesn’t have an entire bunch to lose moreover his undefeated report as a result of just about everybody believes it’s only a matter of how Davis will beat him. With the stress off or not less than nowhere close to what Tank has on his plate, perhaps that may free Barrios’ thoughts sufficient to provide what should be his finest outing within the paid ranks. A enjoyable little truth for example of Barrio’s energy, Mario has knocked down each opponent he’s confronted. Two fights in the past that very same energy helped Barrios eke out an in depth choice over hard-charging Batyr Akhmedov. Barrios adopted that entertaining forwards and backwards affair with a sixth spherical knockout of at all times enjoyable to observe Ryan Karl on the identical night time of Davis vs. Santa Cruz.

In accordance with Regis Prograis, Barrios was able to drop his belt and transfer as much as grow to be a full-blown welterweight. Prograis’s aim is to get one other belt at junior welterweight and probably make a run on the rematch from a really shut contest with Josh Taylor within the ultimate spherical of the World Boxing Tremendous Collection. Because the rumor goes popping out of Regis’s mouth, as soon as this main alternative got here Mario’s manner he determined to take it by the horns not passing up this massive struggle for his profession win or lose. So long as Barrios exhibits up and places in an sincere effort which means he leaves all of it on line, this struggle ought to actually give him a lift in recognition.

Does Barrios have the ability set to maintain Tank off of him? This boxing podcasters reply to that query is sure and no. Barrios has a good jab and likes to throw lead proper palms and left hooks, the left hook he can counter with making it a key weapon. Barrios can pivot pretty nicely and has proven the flexibility to take steps to the aspect simply out of vary of incoming warmth. Mario’s exercise should enhance and he should do a greater job with higher physique motion reasonably than relying solely on his footwork.

Two issues that standout out as purple flags for Barrios, one is his protection in usually together with on offense in an trade. The second merchandise of observe is Barrios lack of inside recreation which mixed will in the end be his downfall. I do suppose Mario may have success with the jab and win some rounds within the first say 4 to six frames nevertheless it received’t take all that lengthy earlier than Tank begins to interrupt him all the way down to the physique and head, timing him with flashy pictures that discover a residence. That’s if Gervonta is on his finest conduct and never swinging for the fences from the leap, which this boxing addict doesn’t see occurring not less than not for lengthy stretches anyway.

My Official Prediction is Gervonta Davis by eleventh Spherical Technical Knockout.

Within the co-feature Jeison Rosario squares off in opposition to Erickson Lubin in a make or break sort of struggle for each males. Big respect goes out to Rosario who fought Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams, Jermell Charlo, and now Lubin. Erickson has been in rebuild mode each since his promising profession got here to a screeching halt from a superbly timed and positioned punch by Jermell Charlo again in 2017. Lubin turned skilled at an early age and had seemed each bit the half on the way in which up as a quickly to be star within the sport. He’s bought the appears, the ability, and the punching energy. 1st spherical stoppages may be very deceptive and Saturday will probably be an excellent measuring follow see how far the KO is mentally in his rearview mirror.

Rosario fought Jermell Charlo final September and defiantly had quite a lot of moments of success. The scorecards have been pretty shut contemplating Rosario had tasted the canvas within the 1st, sixth, after which lastly within the eighth spherical down for good from a depraved jab to the physique that had Jeison gasping for air on his again. If Lubin isn’t on his ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ a fighter like Rosairo will give him a first-class ticket to the mat, at all times harmful even when harm Lubin might want to struggle sensible for nevertheless lengthy this one goes.

My Official Prediction is Erickson Lubin by Late TKO stoppage.

Aspect Be aware: Hold a watch out for Vasiliy Lomachenko getting again within the ring for the primary since tasting his second defeat to Teofimo Lopez. Lomachenko challenges Masayoshi Nakatani a boxer that gave a great account of himself in a struggle with Teofimo. Additionally, on Sunday David Morrell Jr. vs. Mario Cazares headline in a prospect pushed card on FOX. Keep tuned to my publish struggle article as I will probably be stay on the Armory in Minneapolis.

Written by Chris Carlson Host/Producer of The Rope A Dope Radio Podcast Obtainable at &  Comply with on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio 


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