‘Tank’ finished with blows to ‘Azteca’ in the eleventh round to become champion in three different divisions
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis became champion in three different divisions this saturday at knock out Mario ‘Azteca’ Barrios in 11 rounds at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Davis claimed the scepter Super lightweight of the World Boxing Association after finishing with his fists to Barrios, who survived two falls midway through the fight, but ended up succumbing after a powerful hit to the soft spots that sent him to the canvas early in the 11th round.
Barrios got up but Davis He cornered him again with his blows to force the referee to intervene to stop the fight.
With this victory, Davis improved his record to an impressive 25-0 with 24 knockouts, adding a new belt to its collection that already includes the girdle Super featherweight for the WBA, and also the regular WBA Lightweight championship, since the ‘super’ has it the American of Honduran blood Teofimo López.
“I made it difficult. I definitely could have made things easier for myself, but I moved up two weight divisions and did my job.“, declared Davis at the end of the fight. “Just the adjustments I made going up to 140. I mean, I hit him clean, that’s the kind of fighter I am. I don’t want to hurt you with anything, I knew if I hit him, I was ready. I caught him, and it showed. My coach was telling me to switch to a jab style, but I am a southpaw and people know that I will lean to the jab side. So I tried using it as bait. I threatened to go left and threw my right. And my hook, with that I finished it off.
“I knew he was hurt. It was a matter of catching it at the most propitious moment. Floyd [Mayweather] He came by and told me that I was disappointed, and I knew I was. Then he told me to show him that I am spectacular. And so we do it here! I can’t compare myself to the greats yet. You know that this man [Floyd] put the rod. I just follow in your footsteps, and I thank you for leading me on the right path, Floyd, I appreciate you. I am grateful to be in this position. “
In case of seeking a unification at 140 pounds, the WBA Super Champion is Josh Taylor, considered one of the best in the world pound for pound.
Davis came as a wide favorite to defeat Barrios by a line of 4.5 to 1 in the odds.
For its part, Barrios He not only lost the championship but also his undefeated, stalling at 26-1 with 17 knockouts.
“First of all, I want to thank everyone here in Atlanta. You did not disappoint. I already want to fight here again,” he said. Barrios “I’ve never been a grudge. Congratulations to Tank. He came here and did his thing in a fight as exciting as we both predicted. He was the best tonight, but I will definitely be back. Gervonta it is explosive. He caught me slipping, and that’s boxing. One hit can change a fight and that’s exactly what happened tonight. Congratulations to him. Of course I wanted to continue. I had told everyone that I would show them that I am a true Aztec warrior and I hope everyone enjoyed the fights tonight. “
For its part, Floyd Mayweather highlighted the great potential of Davis to become one of the best fighters in history.
“He has the potential to be one of the best of all time“he said.” He was 14 or 15 when I first met him, and I told him that I would make him a world champion. I told him that he would be one of the best one day. I’m proud of him”.