4-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and undefeated WBA tremendous light-weight champion Mario “El Azteca” Barrios went face-to-face Thursday at a press convention to preview their Showtime PPV major occasion going down June 26 on the State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta.
With a victory, Davis will maintain world championships in three completely different divisions concurrently, a feat solely achieved by a couple of fighters in historical past.
“Camp has been nice for me. We all know that Barrios is an even bigger man and that he can punch. We’re working exhausting every day within the fitness center, as a result of we’re going up in opposition to an enormous job on June 26.
“All of us have challenges we undergo in life, and that’s what makes us robust. That is one other problem that I’ve on my highway to success. I’m able to stroll by it and maintain pushing.
“We all know this can be a harmful battle. Barrios is coming with energy and for positive I’m coming with energy. Could the most effective man win.
“I took this battle as a result of I wish to be nice. All the opposite large names at light-weight had scheduled fights so I felt like I needed to exit and beat the most effective fighter on the market for me.
“Even when he’s larger than me on battle night time, it doesn’t matter. That is all a part of the game. My purpose is to interrupt him down. If I can get him out of there, I’ll get him out of there. If it goes 12 rounds, so be it. He’s large and robust, however he’s by no means confronted anybody like me.
“We’ve to attend and see what occurs on battle night time. Totally different types dictate what I would like to indicate within the battle. We’ll see what he brings to the desk, after which we’ll capitalize off of it.
“I’m not apprehensive about dropping any velocity by including weight. I’m going to be fast regardless. I feel I’m going to be at my greatest at 140-pounds.
“Like all the remainder of my fights, that is going to be motion packed. Don’t go get popcorn throughout the battle, as a result of it might finish at any second. I convey what boxing wants, and that’s pleasure. Everyone knows after I battle, it’s by no means a boring battle. From the primary spherical, till at any time when it ends, I simply maintain coming, in all of my fights. That’s what you’re going to see June 26.”
“It is a large alternative for me. ‘Tank’ referred to as me out. I do know he’s making an attempt to do one thing nice, however this can be a harmful battle for him. It’s going to be an action-packed battle. We’ve by no means confronted fighters like one another earlier than. We’re going to see on June 26 if it’s the precise transfer for him.
“I battle to symbolize my metropolis and my individuals. I’m going to go on the market and do my greatest to make all people proud.
“They could be my battle in opposition to Batyr Akhmedov intently. However I feel he has a completely completely different fashion and that this battle will probably be completely different than what they count on if they only watch that match. I don’t know what they see in me to need this battle, however none of it issues to me. All of the questions are going to be answered on June 26.
“’Tank’ is leaping up two weight courses. He’s doing one thing plenty of nice fighters have executed. He even mentioned it: this isn’t a simple battle for him. We’re able to face the most effective model of ‘Tank’ that anybody has ever seen and it’s going to be struggle.
“I used to be stunned when his identify was introduced as much as me. However whether or not you want ‘Tank’ or not, he has one of many greatest names in boxing. That is the kind of battle that may skyrocket my identify up there to the highest degree of the game.
“’Tank’ is an effective fighter and a really explosive fighter. There’s the query of whether or not he’s bringing his energy as much as 140. I don’t have any issues about it although. He’s the man who has to indicate individuals he can deal with my energy at this weight.
“I’m excited to be combating in Atlanta. That is my first time right here really however I do know the followers listed here are very passionate. I’m anticipating to see an important turnout right here at State Farm Enviornment.”
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“’Tank’ is a generational fighter. He has sure skills that others simply don’t. He’s particular, however this can be a harmful battle for him. It is a large problem and I’m actually excited for this battle.
“Atlanta is a scorching market. Clearly the primary battle that they had in a very long time was ‘Tank’ vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa and it was a packed offered out crowd on this constructing. The followers actually loved it. Town wants large occasions like this. We instructed the followers we had been coming again and right here we’re.
“’Tank’ is chasing historical past. Whenever you look again at plenty of all-time greats, they’ve gone by issues nobody else ever has. Trying to be a three-division champion at 26 years previous is one other instance of him chasing greatness like that.
“’Tank’ is probably the most thrilling fighter in the whole sport and he offers the followers what they wish to see. He places butts in seats. Folks gravitate to the way in which he fights. This new era of followers that we have now, they love him.”