By Damarus Stephens, whatsgoodinsports.com, from Atlanta, GA
One thing is for certain, two things for sure, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) has a second home in Atlanta, GA. After another great outing, he is 2-0 with 2 KOs in State Farm Arena. Atlanta loves this kid as approval by the sellout crowds, the deafening roar when Davis began his ring walk, or whenever his face appeared on the jumbotron.
Davis gave up 4.5 inches in height and reach advantage to the then-undefeated Mario Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs). He also moved up two weight classes from 130lbs to 140lbs to challenge Mario’s title. I wondered how Davis would react to getting hit cleanly by Barrios and also if Tank’s power would move up with him. I’ll revisit that later.
The fight began with the usual feeling out process and with Barrios being the aggressor. The 3rd round is when the punches began to fly from both fighters with Davis beginning to come forward at times. Round 4 saw Barrios jab begin to find a home as he was in the busier fight. The fight in my opinion was going back and forth at this time with Tank landing some good clean shots in the 5th and Barrios going to the body. The 6th and 7th rounds had Tank becoming the aggressor landing straight lefts.
Fireworks in the 8th from Davis sent the crowd into a frenzy when he landed a counter right hook and put Barrios down for the 1st time. Barrios would get back up but go down again to a Davis left hook. Barrios showed tremendous heart and resolve to get up and finish the round. The 9th and 10th rounds seem to me like Tank was taking them off and it gave Barrios a chance to regain composure.
Tank would assert himself in the 11th round by pressing Barrios and catching him with a devastating left uppercut to the body for the 3rd knockdown of the fight. Once again Mario would get up but was immediately hit and staggered causing the referee to call a stop to the action. My questions were answered as Barrios did land some clean shots and Davis took them very well. I was impressed with both fighter’s ability to take a punch however, Tank’s punching power is transcendent. Even at 140lbs or higher, he will still be a knockout threat.
Gervonta has made another case for pound-for-pound pundits by becoming a 3 division champion. Davis said before the fight “when I’m victorious, I should be up there” (pound for pound list). After the fight, Davis and his team refused to speculate on what is next for the fighter but we can be sure that whoever and where ever the event it’s sure to be another sellout.
In the other action on the night, Erickson Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs) scored a 6th round knockout of Jeison Rosario (20-3-1, 14 KOs). Lubin stunned Rosario to end the 2nd round with the fighter’s legs wobbling to the corner before he sat down. Lubin himself got stunned in the 3rd round but regained composure. Lubin knockdown Rosario with a nice body shot to the ribs in the 6th before he finished him for good after Rosario got back up.
In the preliminary bouts, Carlos Adames (20-1, 16 KOs) knocked out Alexis Salazar (23-4, 9 KOs) with a left hook in the 3rd round of their fight. Batyr Akhmedov (9-1, 8 KOs) got an 8th round TKO after Argenis Mendez (25-7-3, 12 KOs) was unable to continue due to a medical issue. Viktor Slavinsky (13-0-1, 6 KOs) earned a split decision victory over Leduan Barthelemy (16-2-1, 8 KOs). Andres Gutierrez (38-2-2, 25 KOs) and Angel Hernandez (17-16-3, 11 KOs) fought to a split decision draw. Dalton Bodie (2-0, 2 KOs) got a 3rd round knockout victory over Trevor Bradshaw (1-1, 0 KOs). Stacy Selby (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a 2nd round knockout over William Smith (3-7-1, 3 KOs).
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