Gervonta Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) and Mario Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs) put on a great show Saturday night in Atlanta but, in the end, it was Davis who proved he is boxing next big star stopping Barrios via TKO in the 11th round.
They call the kid “Tank” for a reason.
It was a possible fight of the year contender as both men came forward, battling it out round-after-round, with the fans the biggest winners. The fight was going Barrios’ way early on as he seemed to be doing really well and keeping Davis at bay. Still, eventually, the Floyd Mayweather protege Davis proved to the world why he is a budding boxing superstar.
Gervonta Davis takes charge
Both fighters gave a great back and forth in the fifth round, but it was the first round in which Davis really showed that his power affected Barrios. Again, both men exchanged punches, but the shots by Davis had more effect and he went to work to change the fight. Barrios stood his ground and fought well the next couple rounds and possibly winning at least one of the rounds and looking like it wasn’t too much, but Davis was still coming.
Here comes the power
Heading into the fight, my observers asked: can Davis’ power carry up? That was answered with an emphatic yes. As round eight began, many scored Barrios with a decent lead with Davis making a push. In a matter of seconds, the whole scorecard was flipped upside down thanks to Gervonta Davis. He landed a beautiful right hook as he went over the top and caught Barrios flush on the temple dropping him. Barrios got up off the canvas and seemed composed, only to get caught by a Gervonta Davis straight left that dropped him again against the ropes. He looked hurt with the left hand, but to his credit, he did well to survive the round.
This is the end
Round nine was a get-back for Barrios as Gervonta Davis seemed to take it off a bit and was caught off guard at times. Barrios had Davis against the ropes and landed some thudding shots that were just eaten as if it was nothing, credit to Davis’ chin.
After the round, Floyd Mayweather went to the Gervonta Davis corner and told him he was done on the scorecards. Mayweather, to his credit, knew Davis needed to respond to erase the poor performance in the ninth round. The 10th round saw both men go back and forth and land hellacious shots with neither one withering. The fans were whipped into a frenzy as the electricity built heading into the 11th round.
That’s when Gervonta Davis had enough. Davis entered the 11th round bent on ending the fight and did so landing a perfect left uppercut to the body and Barrios went down in a heap. Barrios did get up, but the fight was stopped.
Scorecards at the time of the stoppage were 96-92, 96-92, and 97-91. A bit wider than most, but with the stoppage a moot point.
The punch stat totals were close in landed punches. Davis landed 96-of-286 and Barrios 93-of-394. It was another electric performance for Davis and a gritty performance from Barrios. For Gervonta Davis, he will go and rest and have fans salivating for what comes next from this explosive and exciting young fighter.