ATLANTA (May 19, 2021) – Four-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis will take on a career-defining challenge as he focuses on capturing a title in a third weight class when he takes on undefeated WBA super lightweight champion Mario "The aztec". Barrios in a SHOWTIME PPV main event on Saturday, June 26 at Atlanta's award-winning State Farm Arena in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The pay-per-view card will feature a battle of two top 154-pound contenders as Erickson "Hammer" Lubin takes on former unified champion Jeison Rosario in a WBC super welterweight title eliminator at the event. costellar.
Former unified super middleweight champion Julian "J-Rock" Williams returns to the ring for the first time in 18 months to face Brian Mendoza in a 10-round bout and hard-hitting Olympian Batyr Akhmedov takes on former world champion Argenis Mendez. in a 12-round knockout for the WBA junior lightweight title to kick off the pay-per-view broadcast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. m. Pacific time.
Tickets for the live event at State Farm Arena, promoted by Mayweather Promotions, GTD Promotions and TGB Promotions, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. m. ET and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
The Akhmedov v Mendez fight is promoted in association with World of Boxing.
Davis, one of boxing's biggest stars at just 26 years old, has moved up to 140 pounds for the first time in his career, aiming to add the super lightweight champion to his all-star resume. Davis has won titles at 130 and 135 pounds. With the victory, Davis will be crowned world champion in three different categories simultaneously, a feat that few fighters in history have achieved, such as Henry Armstrong and Canelo Alvarez.
Standing in his way is the unbeaten Barrios, 25, who is 9-0 with eight knockouts during his reign at 140 pounds, holding a six-inch height advantage over Davis.
“Gervonta Davis wants to become a three-division world champion and has a big commitment ahead of her as she challenges Barrios for the WBA 140-pound title,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.
“Barrios is a warrior, and this will be Davis' toughest fight to date. Atlanta, get ready for a show on June 26!”
Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) delivered a KO in his last fight, producing another sensational and memorable performance that made him a popular draw across the country. Davis stopped four-division champion Leo Santa Cruz with a powerful hook in that October 2020 bout and dropped Santa Cruz for the first time in his illustrious career.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Davis will make his second pay-per-view headline appearance as he established himself as a must-see attraction at his first pay-per-view. Davis first burst onto the scene with an explosive knockout victory over José Pedraza to win the IBF junior lightweight world title in a historic performance on SHOWTIME® in January 2017. At that point, he became the world champion. youngest boxer at 22 years old.
The Baltimore native also boasts knockouts in world title fights over Jesus Cuellar in 2018 and Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2019. Gamboa's 2019 win came to a packed State Farm Arena, during a year that also saw sold-out tickets in his hometown, Baltimore and Southern California. . “I'm excited to make history on June 26 in Atlanta and become a three-division world champion,” Davis said. “Atlanta welcomed me with open arms for my fight against Gamboa and couldn't wait to get back and headline a spectacular SHOWTIME PPV card. Mario Barrios is an undefeated champion, but he has never faced anyone like me. Getting to 140 pounds is a big challenge, but I've been working hard in camp and I'll be ready. Thank you to all my team for making this historic boxing event possible. Make sure to get your tickets early because this fight is definitely sold out! Keep supporting me and I will fight for you!”
Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) captured his 140-pound championship in September 2019, notching two knockdowns and fighting to a cut to win a unanimous decision over the undefeated Batyr Akhmedov. The San Antonio native trains in Oakland, California under the guidance of renowned trainer Virgil Hunter.
In his last appearance, Barrios knocked out Ryan Karl in the sixth round of their pay-per-view clash between Davis and Santa Cruz. Standing nearly six feet tall, Barrios made his professional debut at super bantamweight in 2013 and has successfully climbed the ranks of the super featherweight division. His first 140-pound fight came in 2017 and saw him build up in strength over previous outings. At super lightweight, Barrios scored knockouts in every fight except his title performance against Akhmedov, where his power was still on display with a pair of knockouts.
“Fighting on SHOWTIME PPV is a dream come true and an opportunity that I will take full advantage of,” said Barrios. “Gervonta Davis is a pound-for-pound champion and it will be an honor to share the ring with him. This fight is my moment of glory and the pinnacle of world boxing, on the biggest stage possible. Boxing fans around the world will be watching this fight and I am going to shock the world. To all my Mexican fans, I will take home this historic victory for La Raza."
The 25-year-old Lubin (23-1, 16 KOs) snapped an impressive five-fight winning streak since losing to unified 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo in 2017. In his last outing, he defeated US Olympian Terrell Gausha by unanimous decision. in September of last year. Prior to his victory over Gausha, he became the first person to defeat former champion Ishe Smith, as well as a dominating victory over Nathaniel Gallimore in October 2019. A native of Orlando, Florida, Lubin is trained by acclaimed trainer Kevin Cunningham. Like the same. he continues his search for another title opportunity. After a stellar amateur career, Lubin turned professional at age 18 in 2013, ultimately being named "Prospect of the Year" by ESPN and Ring Magazine in 2016. "I'm so ready for this fight and we've been working hard on the preparation. by Rosario," said Lubin. “This fight is one step closer to having a world title shot. Coach Cunningham and I have a great game plan. We know it's going to be a tough fight and the fans are going to see a much better version of myself. I took my training to the next level during this training camp. Rosario is a former world champion who I know will give his best which will make for a great night of boxing. This card is stacked, but I'm going to steal the show with an amazing performance. I won't be denied, I'm reaching the top. It's hammer time!"
Rosario (20-2-1, 14 KOs) will look to return to world title contention after losing his 154-pound belts to Jermell Charlo in their September 2020 clash. Williams in one of the biggest upsets of 2020. Born In the Dominican Republic and now fighting out of Miami, Rosario put together an eight-fight unbeaten streak against Williams, including victories over 154-pound contenders Jamontay Clark, Justin DeLoach, Jorge Cota and Mark Hernandez. Prior to the Charlo matchup, Rosario had established his power by earning a stoppage or scoring a knockdown in seven of his previous nine fights. “I don't make excuses for losing the fight against Charlo, but that was before and now,” Rosario said. “I started a new page in my career with my new coach Herman Caicedo. I will not lose again, especially in this fight against Lubin. He is a great competitor and I respect his abilities, but I will knock him out on June 26.”
Philadelphia's Williams (27-2-1, 16 KOs) became unified 154-pound world champion in May 2019 when he defeated Jarrett Hurd in one of the best fights of the year, winning a heads-up bout via unanimous decision. The 31-year-old lost the titles in his first defense, falling to Jeison Rosario in January 2020. Williams was riding a five-fight winning streak before the Rosario showdown, in which he added victories over former champion Ishe Smith and Duro. -beating contender Nathaniel Gallimore in his book.
“This has been the longest layoff of my career, so I'm excited to get back in the ring,” Williams said. “Mendoza is a decent fighter. I've even gone to the gym with him and he's a great guy. But on June 26 it's all business. I just need to get to the top. He has nothing he hasn't seen before. I know he'll be ready because this is like the Super Bowl for him. So I know he'll be ready, but so am I. If I get the victory, it is because of bigger and better opportunities. But I'm definitely not looking at Brian because I know how serious he is taking this fight. Mendoza (19-1, 13 KOs) earned the best win of his career in his last fight, defeating veteran contender Thomas LaManna via unanimous decision in August 2020. The 27-year-old has been fighting professionally since 2014, and his only loss came in a close split decision in November 2019 against Larry Gomez.
Mendoza was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he won two New Mexico Golden Gloves championships as an amateur, and currently fights out of Las Vegas. “This fight against Julian Williams is exactly the fight he was hoping for,” Mendoza said. “I am planning to make the most of the opportunity. Julian Williams is a great fighter, but after June 26, the whole world will know that he belongs at this level.
Born in Uzbekistan and now fighting out of Los Angeles, Akhmedov (8-1, 7 KOs) represented Turkey at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The 30-year-old turned pro in 2017 and has won his first seven professional fights. , six by knockout. The only blemish on him came in an action-packed title fight against Mario Barrios in September 2019, where he survived two knockdowns to make it a close fight, before losing a decision. Most recently, Akhmedov knocked out Ray Perez in the first round of their September 2020 bout. “I can't wait to get back in the ring for a big fight on June 26,” Akhmedov said. “I have been training a lot to have one more shot at the title. I know that if I make a big statement and beat a former world champion in Mendez, I hope my next fight will be for the title. I'm always in exciting fights that the fans love, and this fight will be no different."
Former super featherweight champion Mendez (25-6-3, 12 KOs) has a reputation for delivering tough challenges to the best in the sport and has proven to be an enduring contender at 140 pounds, including his most recent outing which saw him lose a split decision to Richardson Hitchins last December. In 2019, Mendez fought to back-to-back draws against super lightweight contenders Anthony Peterson and Juan Heraldez.
Born in San Juan de La Maguana, Dominican Republic, Mendez now fights out of Yonkers, New York, and has wins over Eddie Ramirez, Ivan Redkach and former champion Miguel Vazquez. He also faced former champions Rances Barthelemy and Robert Easter Jr. "I'm ready for whatever Akhmedov brings and then a world title fight," Mendez said. “I think I beat Hitchins in my last fight, even after a long layoff. I'm in great shape now. Akhmedov is a hard puncher, but the fans will see me shine against him. He still has a lot left in my tank and that will be obvious to everyone on June 26.”