Gervonta Davis Reveals Next Fight Date – Moves Up Two Divisions to Face Mario Barrios

Published 04/16/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 21: Gervonta Davis celebrates after he TKO’s Jesus Cuellar in the third round to win the WBA Super Featherweight Championship bout at Barclays Center on April 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Gervonta Davis is one of the most exciting champions in the lightweight division. The undefeated champion has incredible knockout power that can put away any challenger. However, the American has now shown his desire to challenge himself even more.

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Davis is yet to return to the ring after his incredible knockout victory over Leo Santa Cruz in November. However, the two-weight world champion has now revealed his next fight and it will raise a few eyebrows.

BROOKLYN, NY – JANUARY 11:Gervonta Davis took part of the media workout on January 11, 2017, for his upcoming fight against Jose Pedraza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Edward Diller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 24-0 boxer took to his Instagram to share the fight banner and revealed he would face Mario Barrios on June 26. ‘Tank’ also confirmed that the two would fight at 140 lbs. And since his last fight was at super-featherweight, the American has moved up two weight classes for this fight.

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Several rumors linked Davis to a fight against Ryan Garcia. However, that never materialized, and ‘Tank’ has challenged himself to another tough test in Barrios. Moreover, the bout will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. Therefore, fans can expect a big event on June 26.

 

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Why did Gervonta Davis choose to fight Mario Barrios?

The American holds the WBA super-featherweight and Lightweight titles. Therefore, he has no dearth of opponents for his next fight. So why did ‘Tank’ pick Mario Barrios as his next fight?

Davis has faced criticism for picking and choosing his opponents throughout his career. His rivals have questioned his legacy despite him holding two belts. Therefore, Davis has challenged himself to move to another weight class and challenge himself against one of the best.

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The WBA super lightweight champion, Barrios (26-0), will not be an easy bout for ‘Tank’. Thus, June 26 will see a battle between two elite champions. Furthermore, it will give Davis the chance to add another belt to his collection.

Therefore, this fight explained the delay in Davis’ return. Clearly, the American wanted to make a statement to his critics. If he can beat Barrios, it will prove his worth. Whereas, if Barrios beats Davis, it will be a massive statement from ‘El Azteca’.

What do you make of this fight announcement from Gervonta Davis? Do you think he has bitten off more than he can chew?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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