One of the fastest-rising young stars in boxing will make his return Saturday. Gervonta “Tank” Davis is moving up a weight class to challenge WBA (Regular) 140-pound champion Mario Barrios on Showtime PPV at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) is a prolific knockout artist who is coming off a highlight-reel finish of former champion Leo Santa Cruz last October.
The 26-year-old Davis will headline his second pay-per-view, and he’ll do it by making his debut at 140 pounds against an undefeated opponent who will have a significant height advantage.
Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) won the WBA title in 2019 when he defeated Batry Akhmedov and last defended it on the undercard of Davis-Santa Cruz with a sixth-round knockout of Ryan Karl. Barrios stands 5-10 and will be nearly five inches taller than his opponent.
It will be a tall task for Davis as he aims to prove that he’s a PPV draw against one of his toughest tests to date.
Davis vs. Barrios live updates, highlights
9:40 p.m.: After six rounds, Akhmedov appears to be in control. He’s landing some big shots but Mendez has been taking them well. However, Mendez has yet to truly let his hands go and is allowing Akhmedov to dictate how and where this fight is being fought.
9:27 p.m.: Akhmedov has dominated the action thus far with his output and body attack. Mendez has been really economical with his punches and will absolutely have to turn it up as we enter the fourth round.
9:08 p.m.: The Davis-Barrios PPV is live. Yes, most are tuning in for Tank but the co-main event between Lubin and Rosario should be an excellent co-main. But we’re getting started with Batyr Akhmedov facing Argenis Mendez. Ahkmedov has only suffered one loss and that was to Mario Barrios.
When is the Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios fight?
- Date: June 26, 2021
- PPV start time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
- Davis-Barrios main event: Midnight ET | 9 p.m. PT (approximate)
The Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios boxing card will take place June 26. The pay-per-view broadcast on Showtime is expected to start at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Davis and Barrios are likely to make their ring walks around midnight ET.
How to watch Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios
The Davis vs. Barrios fight is a Showtime event that is available via pay-per-view through many cable and satellite providers; check with your local provider for more information.
In addition to traditional cable and satellite services, the Davis vs. Barrios fight can be streamed via the Showtime app in the United States.
Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios fight card
- Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios for WBA (Regular) junior welterweight championship
- Erickson Lubin vs. Jeison Rosario; junior middleweights
- Carlos Adames vs. Alexis Salazar; junior middleweights
- Batyr Akhmedov vs. Argenis Mendez; junior welterweights