Gervonta “Tank” Davis(24-0, 23 KOs) will have a big test on June 26 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta when he battles WBA(regular) 140-pound champion Mario Barrios(26-0, 17 KOs).
The 26-year-old Davis, who defeated Leo Santa Cruz at 130 pounds in October, will fight at the 140-pound limit for the first time in his career.
With the 26-year-old Barrios being the bigger guy, the thought is he is the bigger puncher, but according to Davis, no one will know that until they get into the ring. However, Davis doesn’t think power will matter; he believes it will come down to who has the most skills.
“We can’t say who the bigger puncher is until we get in that ring and test his power,” Davis said at his media workout on Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter who is stronger; I want to be better than him across the board and in every aspect of the game.
“People who are here in the gym with me see a lot of things that I don’t need to bring out, even in my fights. Floyd(Mayweather) is always telling me to box and use my skills and don’t always look for the knockout. This camp, we’ve actually been working on getting back to that and letting the knockout come.”
The Baltimore native said he took a few things from his promoter, Floyd Mayweather, who fought the bigger man in Logan Paul last Sunday in Miami.
“My last fight people complained that Leo Santa Cruz was too small, so I’m basically going out there and showing that a size difference doesn’t matter,” Davis said. “I’m going to beat whoever they put in front of me. I’m trying to chase greatness.
“I’m definitely looking to walk down the bigger guy. He might feel like he can walk me down. I was definitely watching Floyd fight a much bigger guy in Logan Paul and taking a few pointers from it.”
It should be interesting to see if Davis’ power will travel with him to 140 pounds. If it does, he might stay at that weight class for good.
The pay-per-view telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature a battle of two top 154-pound contenders as Erickson “Hammer” Lubin faces former unified champion, Jeison Rosario, in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator in the co-main event.
Former unified super welterweight champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams returns to the ring to take on Brian Mendoza in a 10-round showdown and hard-hitting Olympian Batyr Akhmedov steps in against former world champion Argenis Mendez in a 12-round WBA Super Lightweight Title Eliminator to kick off the pay-per-view telecast.
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