‘Left Everything in the Ring As Promised’ – Mario Barrios Releases a Statement After Devastating Loss to Gervonta Davis

Published 06/28/2021, 5:53 AM EDT


‘El-Azteca’ Mario Barrios is no longer an unbeaten fighter as he lost his WBA 140 lbs title to Gervonta Davis. Despite enjoying some sheer advantages in physicality, Barrios fell prey to Davis’ power. However, that hasn’t dampened the American-Mexican’s fighting spirit.

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The 26-year-old, Barrios, posted an inspiring message after his loss. He has vowed to return to action. Although it might be the time to suffer a few criticisms, the former WBA champion can return soon to reclaim his lost spot in the super lightweight division. Barrios posted a picture from the night on social media and expressed his future intentions.

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“Thank you everyone who pulled up out here in Atlanta y’all didn’t disappoint! Came out here and left everything in the ring as promised, but it wasn’t my night. Still love this sh*t! I’ll be back,” wrote Mario Barrios.

26-1 as a professional, Barrios, who holds 17 KOs under his name, is regarded as a top-tier super lightweight boxer. Hence, he could have been the one to beat Gervonta Davis. That said, in the initial rounds, Barrios looked like he would beat ‘Tank’. However, the later stage saw Davis outwork Barrios before stopping him in round 11 of the fight.

As ‘Tank’ had promised, he successfully became the WBA super-lightweight champion, opening the door to several more blockbuster matchups for himself. However, Mario Barrios, who won’t get an immediate rematch, will have to resurrect his position.

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What’s next for Mario Barrios?

Following the scratchy loss, ‘El-Azteca’ might take some time off before analyzing his next moves. One possible opponent is Jose Ramirez. As he lost his undefeated tag and world titles to Josh Taylor, Ramirez can pose a viable challenge to Mario Barrios.

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Meanwhile, the 140 lbs roster has many more top-tier names. From Ivan Redkach to Regis Prograis, the list goes on and on. Thus, Mario Barrios can outline his fighting future on a high note. While there’s no world title on his shoulder now, Barrios can return as an even hungrier boxer.

What do you think will be the best move for Mario Barrios?

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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