One of the fastest-rising young stars in boxing will make his return Saturday. Gervonta “Tank” Davis is moving up a weight class to challenge WBA (Regular) 140-pound champion Mario Barrios on Showtime PPV at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) is a prolific knockout artist who is coming off a highlight-reel finish of former champion Leo Santa Cruz last October.
The 26-year-old Davis will headline his second pay-per-view, and he’ll do it by making his debut at 140 pounds against an undefeated opponent who will have a significant height advantage.
Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) won the WBA title in 2019 when he defeated Batry Akhmedov and last defended it on the undercard of Davis-Santa Cruz with a sixth-round knockout of Ryan Karl. Barrios stands 5-10 and will be nearly five inches taller than his opponent.
It will be a tall task for Davis as he aims to prove that he’s a PPV draw against one of his toughest tests to date.
Davis vs. Barrios live updates, highlights
Davis vs. Barrios
Round 1 (11:39 p.m.): Barrios steps to Tank and begins pumping the jab. He’s keeping Tank moving backward. Both looking for their range but Barrios more active. Not a whole lot from either but Barrios was more active and takes the first. 10-9 Barrios
11:27 p.m.: Gervonta Davis begins his ring walk with Lil Baby by his side.
11:24 p.m. Barrios with the Aztec Warrior entrance wearing pink and blue with firedancers by his side.
11:16 p.m.: We’re moments away from Davis vs. Barrios. We’ve had all three pay per view fights end inside the distance and few expect the main event to reach the judges’ scorecards. Let’s see how it all goes down.
Lubin scores 6th round over Rosario in a thriller
11:02 p.m.: What a fight! Lubin weathered the storm and unleashed a brutal two punch combination to the body that sank Rosario. Clearly damaged, Rosario made it to his feet but ended up being fed another body shot that put him down for good. Fantastic finish. Lubin puts himself back in position for a world title by overcoming adversity, getting his bearings and finishing the job.
10:55 p.m.: It looked like Lubin was going to finish the job in the fourth round until he walked into a left hand that buzzed him badly. The fight turned on a dime and now it appears that we’re in for a closely fought battle.
10:51 p.m.: Erickson Lubin just had an explosive third round where he nearly finished Rosario at the bell. After being patient for the first two rounds, Lubin lit Rosario up with a right hand and began to thump him with power shots for the next 90 seconds. A sizzling right hand sent Rosario into the ropes at the bell and his legs were a mess as he walked back to his corner.
10:35 p.m.: The co-main event is up next as Erickson Lubin faces former champion Jeison Rosario in a WBC junior middleweight world title eliminator. Both have lost to Jermell Charlo but Lubin’s happened early in his career while Rosario’s was in his last fight. It’s a must-win for both fighters if they ever want to get another shot at a title at 154 pounds.
Adames nearly disqualified, knocks Salazar out
10:18 p.m.: What an interesting finish that was! Adames began to pick up the activity and mauled Salazar with his back turned. It turned into a mugging that the referee needed to jump in to warn Adames that he’ll disqualify him if he kept it up. It didn’t matter as Adames immediately rammed a left hand into Salazar’s face and picked up the big knockout.
10:01 p.m.: Up next is Carlos Adames vs. Alexis Salazar in a ten round junior welterweight bout. This fight ended up on the pay per view after Julian Williams was scratched from the card due to injury.
Akhmedov overwhelms, forces Mendez to retire due to injury
9:49 p.m.: After eight rounds, it was all Akhmedov but Mendez ended up injuring his right hand and his corner asked for the fight to be stopped. A great performance by Akhmedov, who pushed Barrios to the limit in his only loss. Akhmedov improves to 9-1 with his 8th knockout and will certainly be in the hunt for a big fight at 140 pounds.
9:40 p.m.: After six rounds, Akhmedov appears to be in control. He’s landing some big shots but Mendez has been taking them well. However, Mendez has yet to truly let his hands go and is allowing Akhmedov to dictate how and where this fight is being fought.
9:27 p.m.: Akhmedov has dominated the action thus far with his output and body attack. Mendez has been really economical with his punches and will absolutely have to turn it up as we enter the fourth round.
9:08 p.m.: The Davis-Barrios PPV is live. Yes, most are tuning in for Tank but the co-main event between Lubin and Rosario should be an excellent co-main. But we’re getting started with Batyr Akhmedov facing Argenis Mendez. Ahkmedov has only suffered one loss and that was to Mario Barrios.
When is the Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios fight?
- Date: June 26, 2021
- PPV start time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
- Davis-Barrios main event: Midnight ET | 9 p.m. PT (approximate)
The Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios boxing card will take place June 26. The pay-per-view broadcast on Showtime is expected to start at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Davis and Barrios are likely to make their ring walks around midnight ET.
How to watch Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios
The Davis vs. Barrios fight is a Showtime event that is available via pay-per-view through many cable and satellite providers; check with your local provider for more information.
In addition to traditional cable and satellite services, the Davis vs. Barrios fight can be streamed via the Showtime app in the United States.
Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios fight card
- Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios for WBA (Regular) junior welterweight championship
- Erickson Lubin def. Jeison Rosario via 6th round KO (1:42)
- Carlos Adames def. Alexis Salazar via 3rd round TKO (2:59)
- Batyr Akhmedov def. Argenis Mendez via 8th round TKO (3:00)
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