Gervonta Davis thinks his skills will get the win over Mario Barrios
In his next in-ring assignment, Regular WBA world lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (24-0, 23 KO’s) will exit his division. Tank will travel to the 140-pound weight class to take on Regular WBA super lightweight champion Mario “El Azteca” Barrios (26-0, 17 KO’s). Naturally there is much emphasis being put on the height, reach and weight disparities. Some feel that Davis just might have bitten off more than he can chew, while others feel that Tank’s power will save the day.
BUILT FOR A ROUGH RIDE
Davis himself is not really worried about the fight due to his feeling that his skills will carry him through. Obviously, the Baltimore native packs a formidable punch, but in this bout he feels that trait will be secondary. He has already made mention that he is used to sparring much bigger men. Yet, even with that being said, Tank will be the first to tell you that sparring and fighting are two very different things! While fielding questions following the final presser for his upcoming bout, Tank revealed his theory about how things will play out.
“I’m going to work my way around him, see what he strong at and what he is not strong at. Find out whats his mistakes, capitalize off his mistakes…I mean it’s different from sparring and fighting you know? I’m fighting with 8 ounces on, so you never know. We just got to wait and see when we get inside the ring. I feel like I am the better man, so I should hold my own and I am just looking forward to that night. I am definitely excited, I’m definitely excited to be in this position once again. I’m soaking it all in.”
THE MANY POTENTIAL OPTIONS
Only time will tell how the Barrios versus Davis bout resolves itself in the ring. If El Azteca finds a path to victory, he will instantly be thrust into a new stratosphere of popularity and demand. After claiming a scalp like Tank’s, the sky would be the limit for Barrios. If Davis comes out on top, he will have a plethora of options before him.
He may choose to remain at 140 as Regis Prograis is already sniffing around for a fight with him Or, Tank could return to his native lightweight division where there are a number of champions and big names to compete with. First things come first, however. So before any other fights can happen, Davis and Barrios must take care of business on June 26.
By: Bakari Simpson