Gervonta Davis made history at the State Farm Arena by moving up two weight classes to 140 pounds and defeating Mario Barrios on Saturday.
This was the Tank’s second pay-per-view fight in a row this year. With this win, Davis added the third belt to his collection of titles whereas the WBA regular champion, Barrios, suffered his first win of the pro boxing career.
The 26-year-old stopped Barrios in the 11th round after both boxers put on a great show in Atalanta. This was Davis’ 25th win of his career that is turning out to be nothing short of a fairytale.
Every judge had ranked Davis highly on the scorecards, but the fighter took the matter into his own hands in the 11th round. He sent Barrios down on the floor for the third time in the fight with a powerful left uppercut to the body.
Despite taking loads of beating from his opponent, El Azteca somehow stood back to his feet only to face a barrage of punches from Davis.
The referee could not see Barrios suffer any long and halted the fight at 2:13 of the round.
In the post-fight interview, the newly-crowned champ said that he brought his A-game and it made the bout extremely tough for Barrios.
“I made it tough, I made it tough. I definitely could have made it easier but it is what it is. I went up two weight classes and I got the job done. It was just adjustments. He is 140 [pounds] and I wanted to catch him with clean shots,” Davis said.
“I don’t just want to throw any type of shot. At first, I was missing them but eventually, I caught up to him. I was coming up two weight classes but I knew that if I caught him, I could get him out of there.”
On the other hand, Barrios was not too hard on himself after his maiden loss. He was hopeful of making a comeback soon.
He said: “I have never been a hater, congrats to Tank. He came in here and did his thing. This was nothing short of an exciting fight and that’s what we came here to do. I’ll be back.”
Floyd Mayweather inspired Davis to ‘become great’
Legendary American boxer Floyd Mayweather was also in the arena to support Davis. The Tank revealed that a brief conversation with the Mayweather in between round breaks helped him stop his opponent.
“I knew [Barrios] was hurt. I just had to catch him at the right time. Floyd came to me and was honest, he told me I was down. He said, ‘Show me that you are great.’ This man set the tone, I’m just following in his footsteps. Floyd, I appreciate you. I’m thankful to be in this position,” the 26-year-old remarked.
“My coach was telling me to go to a jab side but me, I’m southpaw, so I faked like I was going left and threw my hook over the top, that’s how I caught him.”