- Odds: Gervonta Davis -300 favorite, Mario Barrios +230 underdog.
- Stats: Both fighters are undefeated with Davis having more high-level boxing experience.
- Prediction: “Tank” Davis by KO.
Gervonta “Tank” Davis will move up to 140 pounds on June 26 to become a three-division champion. Standing in his way is the undefeated super lightweight champ, Mario Barrios. Is “Tank” biting off more than he can chew? We review the latest odds for Davis vs Barrio below with an early fight prediction.
Davis vs Barrios Odds
Davis opens as the betting favorite -300 (Bet $300, win $100). Meanwhile, Barrios is a sizable underdog at +230 (Bet $100, win $230).
I expect the current betting odds to move in the direction of “Tank” over the coming weeks. Who could be -600 come fight night.
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Prediction for Gervonta Davis vs Mario Barrios
Gervonta Davis will be looking to bring his KO power up another level as he moves up to 140 pounds. Davis is the smaller man moving up to take on the taller man Barrios.
Mario Barrios is an undefeated and for the most part unproven fighter at the highest level of boxing. He won the vacant title in September 2019 in a controversial UD victory over Russian boxer Batyr Akhmedov. Barrios then defended the title once more, scoring a TKO win over Ryan Karl. His next fight against Davis is easily his biggest fight and payday to date.
“Low-risk high reward” is the motto for the Gervonta Davis team, from the Mayweather Promotions to Al Haymon who advise him. That doesn’t take anything away from his superstar status and real growth as a legit young champion.
Davis’ road to becoming a three-division world champion started when he took the IBF super featherweight title from Jose Pedraza in 2017 and defended it with a three-round wipeout of Liam Walsh, only to lose it on the scales against Francisco Fonseca.
He went on to claim the WBA belt in the division, move up to 135 to smash Yuriorkis Gamboa for the “world” belt, and once again shock many in the boxing community with a KO candidate of the year win over Mexican sensation Leo Santa Cruz.
Ironically the last time Davis and Barrios fought was on the same card last October 31 in Texas. One of the reasons why this fight isn’t completed lopsided in favor of Barrios is the fact that he’s got incredible speed and undefeated. He loves to come forward aggressively and this is his moment to shine against Davis.
Davis will be at a drastic height and reach a disadvantage to Barrios. When coming into range with Barrios he will have to watch the left hook and straight right that have help Barrios score 17 Ko’s in 26 of his fights. Where I see Barrios having a major weakness is when fighters get on the inside, Davis will look to close the distance and work the body of Barrios. Eventually setting up a mean knockout in the mid to later rounds.
It seems to be Al Haymon is putting Davis in the perfect position once again to obtain another belt. Just like Cruz who moved up 135 pounds to fight Davis who was the much bigger man. What’s needed now is for Davis to start fighting legitimately in the one division and have the best vs the best.
Pick: Gervonta Davis by KO.
The Bottom Line
A win here is essential for Davis, who has consistently struggled with his outside-of-the-ring activities, and he’s currently facing charges stemming from an alleged hit-and-run in November. So far, these distractions haven’t affected his in-ring performances, once he doesn’t go down the road similar to fellow boxer Adrian Broner.
“I’m excited to make history on June 26 in Atlanta and become a three-division world champion,” said Davis. “Atlanta welcomed me with open arms for my fight against Gamboa, and I couldn’t wait to come back and headline a spectacular SHOWTIME PPV card. Mario Barrios is an undefeated champion, but he hasn’t ever faced anyone like me before. Moving up to 140-pounds is a big challenge, but I’ve been working hard in camp, and I’ll be ready. Thank you to my whole team for making this historic boxing event possible. Make sure you get your tickets early because this fight is definitely selling out! Keep supporting me, and I’ll fight for you!”