Ronald Romero Backs Mario Barrios to Overpower Gervonta Davis

Published 05/18/2021, 4:00 PM 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)


Two-division world champion Gervonta Davis will move up to 140 lbs and challenge Mario Barrios for the WBA (Regular) title on June 26. ‘Tank’ already appears to be the favorite over Barrios and even though Barrios is an undefeated boxer, fans have apparently demeaned his chances in the mix.

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However, lightweight boxer Roland Romero isn’t doing the same. He has hailed Mario Barrios’ chances in the fight and has envisioned it to be a tough night for Davis. Although it doesn’t take away Tank’s chances of winning, it has clearly intensified the fight for the right reasons.

Speaking with Fight Hub TV, ‘Rolly’ said, “Mario [Barrios] is a hard fighter. Barrios is going to make it difficult. So, I am gonna see Barrios.”

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26-0 as a world champion, Mario Barrios holds 17 KOs under his belt. His latest win over Ryan Karl also came in a successful title defense via stoppage. So, it’s bizarre to write him off from any fight. Additionally, ‘El Azteca’ Barrios will also have some serious physical advantages.

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Being a natural super lightweight, he will relish around 5” height and  4” reach advantage. So, ‘Tank’ might take a back seat in the fight and can have a hard time trying to decode his rival. Nevertheless, he has expertise in closing the range and can still have a crack at Mario Barrios.

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 14: Jose Pedraza is knocked down and loses via TKO against Gervonta Davis in the seventh round during their IBF Junior Lightweight Championship at the Barclays Center on January 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

When Davis made his lightweight debut from the super featherweight division several people ridiculed his ability. However, he has been on a tear at 135 lbs and currently holds a 24-0 record, including 23 KOs. So, ‘Tank’ can bring a lot to the table for Mario Barrios.

Gervonta Davis vs Mario Barrios- A Deeper look

The 12-rounds main event fight will be headed by the Mayweather Promotions and Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions. The fight card is still under process and just two matchups have been added. Other than Davis vs Barrios, Erickson Lubin and Jeison Rosario will also lock horns in a super welterweight clash.

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The main-event can also influence the 140 lbs title ride. While Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez will lock horns to unify the division on May 22, the winner of Davis vs Barrios can aim a shot at the unified 140 lbs champion in the near future.

Do you think Gervonta Davis can make it in the super lightweight division?

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Raj Sarkar

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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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