Baltimore-born Davis (24-0, 23KOs) was the world champion at superfeatherweight in January 2017. He defeated Jose Pedraza at Barclays Center. In a thrilling fight with Leon Santo Cruz in Texas, he became a world champion at two-weight.
Gervonta Davis, who is a protégé of Floyd Mayweather Jr., stated that defeating Barrios would help him to increase his stock and help him to be as famous as the legendary boxer one day.
Barrios (26-0-17 KO’s) might not seem to be Davis’ most formidable opponent, at least on paper. However, the young American knows that he can’t afford to underestimate Barrios.
Davis stated that “We know this fight is dangerous,” during the pre-fight press conference. “Barrios is coming with strength and you can be sure that I’m coming along with power.
“May the best man prevail. This fight was taken by me because I want to be great.
“All the big lightweight names had scheduled fights, so I felt like going out and beating the best fighter out of all.”
Davis, a career super-featherweight admitted that he will be facing a size disadvantage as Barrios stands at least four inches taller than him. However, ‘El Azteca has never fought anyone similar to him before.
He said, “Even though he is larger than me on fight nights, it doesn’t matter.” This is part of the sport. My goal is to get him out of his misery.
“If I can get him outside, I’ll get him outside. It can go 12 rounds.
“He is big and strong, but has never faced anyone like him.”
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Calvin Ford, Calvin Ford’s head coach, has helped the 26-year old feel confident that he can handle any fight Night Barrios throws at him.
He said, “We must wait and see what happens at fight night.”
“Different styles dictate the type of fight I should present.
“We’ll be watching what he brings to it, and then we’ll capitalise on that.”