Gervonta Davis: ‘It’s going to surprise (Barrios) when I connect’


Gervonta Davis isn’t an enormous talker.

The 2-time junior light-weight titleholder, who’s shifting up two divisions to tackle Mario Barrios in a pay-per-view battle Saturday, was as low-key as ever as the ultimate information convention. No trash discuss, no daring predictions.

“Tank” is assured, although. Barrios’ dimension benefit, which incorporates peak and attain? No huge deal. And we’ll Davis carry his vaunted energy as much as junior welterweight? Guess on it.

Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) final fought at 130 kilos, at which he stopped Leo Santa Cruz with a single uppercut in Spherical 6 this previous October. For the battle on Saturday, in Atlanta, he omitted 135 kilos – the place he fought as soon as earlier than the Santa Cruz battle — to 140.

Gervonta Davis (left) and Mario Barrios. Picture by Amanda Westcott / Showtime

And he gained’t be dealing with a pushover. Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) is also unbeaten and has knockout energy.

Barrios has talked about the scale benefit a number of instances. Davis doesn’t purchase it.

“I feel he’s making a mistake,” Davis mentioned with Barrios a couple of toes away. “It’s not simply the peak. He thinks he’s stronger than me, so we’re simply going to have to attend and see. If he believes that I’ve by no means seen anybody like him, then so be it.

“However they all the time study on battle evening. That’s when the true me comes out.”

And Davis’ energy?

His knockout document speaks for itself. On the similar time, he’s by no means examined it in opposition to a authentic 140-pounder. It’s tough to think about Barrios standing as much as the shot Davis used to cease Santa Cruz however this us uncharted territory.

Davis expects to present followers what they anticipate from him.

“If I damage him, we all know that I’m going to get him out of there,” Davis mentioned. “It’s going to be an explosive evening for the game of boxing. After I battle larger guys within the health club, I all the time present up. I hate when folks suppose that I’m small and attempt to reap the benefits of me. This is among the fights the place you will notice the very best of Gervonta Davis.

“It’s going to shock him after I join. It’s not solely that I hit laborious, however its the place I place my punches and he’ll see that Saturday evening.”

Yet another factor: Davis appears to be genuinely excited in regards to the battle.

“I’ve been working each day within the health club to change into a greater fighter for Saturday evening,” Davis mentioned. “I can’t wait to see the efficiency I placed on. Shifting as much as 140 is unquestionably a terrific alternative. I’m wanting ahead to it and I’m prepared to present the followers what they wish to see, which is a good battle.

“You realize I’m coming. I’m excited to be on this place, I’m soaking all of it in. Saturday evening goes to be a terrific evening of boxing.”


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