The WBA Super Lightweight title is on the line this weekend between two talented fighters as Gervonta “Tank” Davis headlines his second PPV and looks to capture his third world title in his third weight class against defending champion Mario Barrios.
Fresh off the biggest KO of his young career, the heir to the Mayweather throne and the man they call “Tank”, undefeated Gervonta Davis is definitely following in Mayweather’s footsteps while also carving his own legacy at just 26 years of age. One of the four horsemen of boxing (along with Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez, and Devin Haney) Gervonta Davis is one of the bright young stars who look to become the face of boxing as he is on a quest to capture his third championship this weekend. Already holding the WBA lightweight title and the WBA super featherweight title, the Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis has all the tools and motivation one man could need to claim a third division championship. Davis has been a chalky favorite for awhile now and you would have to go back to 2017 to find him at an underdog price when he won his first title against Jose Pedraza. Having 24 professional wins under his belt, only one of those have gone to decision as Davis has finished every other opponent by knockout. He has fight-changing power with fast hands and excellent body work. If you haven’t seen his knockout over Leo Santa Cruz last October I would highly suggest watching that fight. Santa Cruz definitely made it a dog fight until getting obliterated by an incredible uppercut from Davis. Davis eventually got the timing down of Santa Cruz’s jab and countered with an uppercut in the sixth round to send Santa Cruz falling to the mat.
As he looks to make the second successful defense of his title, Barrios will definitely be the bigger and taller man in this fight but he will not have the power advantage here. This is the biggest test of Barrios’ young career and while I do think he can make this a similar dog fight like Leo Santa Cruz did, I ultimately think once Davis’ power settles in and begins to find its mark it will soon become a wrap for Barrios. Barrios can hope to use the speed of his jab and foot work to keep Davis at range for as long as he can but, I feel he will be drawn into a phone-booth fight sooner than later. They don’t call him “Tank” for nothing, he will need to eat Barrios’ jab for some of the fight as he moves in to put out heavy shots to the body of Barrios. Davis’ lethal combinations, such as his counter hooks and pressure will soon become too much for Barrios as I see a round seven or eight stoppage in the favor of Tank.
Prop: Gervonta Davis Wins By TKO/KO (-162)
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