Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios results: Davis drops Barrios three times, scores 11th-round TKO

By | June 26, 2021

There were questions whether Gervonta Davis could carry his power up in weight. He provided an emphatic answer with an 11th-round TKO of Mario Barrios to claim the WBA (Regular) super lightweight championship in a fantastic showdown at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Saturday. 

Davis gave up nearly six inches in height to Barrios, who has campaigned as a natural 140-pounder while the 26-year-old Davis has spent much of his career at 130 and 135 pounds. But in his first venture to super lightweight, Davis proved that he remains one of the most prolific knockout artists in the sport. 

The fight was tedious at the start as Davis and Barrios were economical with their output. But Barrios was the aggressor and seemed to be slightly in control of the early rounds. Davis recognized that he needed to pick up the pace and did so in the fifth and sixth rounds. The fight soon became the war that most expected as Davis applied pressure and Barrios tried to fight off the charging opponent known as “Tank.”

Thinking he was behind on the scorecards and with Floyd Mayweather barking orders from ringside, Davis cranked up the energy in the eighth round and finally showcased his massive power. He deposited Barrios onto the canvas with a lead right hook. Recognizing that Barrios was badly hurt, Davis charged forward and put Barrios down again with a thudding left hand. To Barrios’ credit, he survived the final 90 seconds of the round as Davis was in pursuit of the highlight-reel knockout.  

It seemed for a moment that Tank had punched himself out as he took the ninth round off. Barrios used the opening to combine digging body work with an occasional right hand to the head. But Davis remained composed and never seemed to be in trouble. 

The two fighters went toe to toe in toe in a thrilling 10th round where both landed heavy leather. Barrios started fast with more body work but Davis found a home for a right hand that halted Barrios in his tracks. 

In the 11th round, Davis didn’t seem interested in allowing the fight to go to the judges and roared toward his opponent. Barrios clipped Davis with a left hand but ended up with a left uppercut being dug into his midsection to put him on the canvas for a third time. Aware that his opponent was clearly damaged, Davis wasted little time going right back to the body and doubled Barrios over with a left hand that caused the stoppage at the 2:13 mark.

Davis improved to 25-0 with 24 knockouts. The options appear to be limitless for one of boxing’s brightest stars. 

Here’s how it all went down (all times Eastern).

Davis vs. Barrios live updates, highlights

Gervonta Davis finishes Mario Barrios in the 11th round

Round 11 (12:19 a.m.): Championship rounds. Barrios pushes a three-punch combination. Barrios landing and Tank keeps pushing forward. Tank charging forward and Barrios fighting off his advances. Hard left hand by Barrios and Tank just eats it. Hard right hook by Tank. Barrios continues to touch him and Tank hits him to the body. Down goes Barrios! Barrios is up and Tank goes to the body! Barrios doubles over! Ref stops it! Wow. Tank with a huge TKO! 

Round 10 (12:15 a.m): Tenth round begins. Barrios back to working the jab. Body-head combination by Barrios. Barrios lands again. They are exchanging. Barrios digs to the body and Tank lands a hard right hand. Tank lands a hard right hook. Barrios moves backward and pops a hard jab. Another shot to the body from Barrios. Left to the body from Tank. Barrios with a hard combo to the body. Barrios is really digging to the body of Tank. Barrios with a combination and Tank rips him with a right hand. This round is nuts. They both land hard shots. My goodness. 10-9. Davis (95-93, Davis)

Round 9 (12:11 a.m.): Barrios immediately steps to Tank. Hard left hand by Barrios rattles Tank! Barrios beginning to swarm but Tank seems composed. Tank pushes off the ropes and gets the fight back to the middle of the ring. Right hook lands for Tank but not a lot on it. Barrios rips Tank with a combination. Tank might have burned himself out. He lands a right hand but this is a Barrios round. 10-9, Barrios (85-84, Davis)

Round 8 (12:07 a.m.): Barrios opens the round backing Tank into the ropes. Unleashes a three-punch combination and walks Tank into a jab. Right hand digs to Tank’s body. Right hand DROPS Barrios! Barrios is on his feet and Tank crushes him with a left hand! Barrios down again and Tank is all over Barrios. He’s swarming and looking for the finish with 90 seconds left. Davis with an overhand right. Tank is crushing him! Left hand by Tank. Barrios is busted up and Tank is just pounding on him. Barrios tries to fight back and is just getting smashed. My goodness. Barrios survives the round. 10-7, Davis (76-74, Davis)

Round 7 (12:03 a.m.): Barrios starts the round pressing forward and swarms him with a combination. Tank rips to the body. Barrios with a hard three-punch combination. Tank leaps back but doesn’t land. Tank with a left uppercut. Barrios returns with a right hand. Straight left from Tank. 10-9, Barrios (67-66, Barrios) 

Round 6 (11:59 p.m.): Barrios lands a stiff jab to start the round. Tank has found his way inside. Hard left hand by Tank. Barrios misses a combination as Tank walks him down. Right hand by Tank. They both land left hands. It’s heating up. A lot of pressure from Tank. Hard left hook by Tank. Davis, 10-9 (57-57)

Round 5 (11:55 p.m.): Barrios hooks off the jab. Tank looking for the home run and hasn’t found anything yet. They exchange jabs. Barrios comes back with a body shot. Tank moving forward and lands a left hand. Barrios with a body-head combination. Tank barely misses an uppercut but he’s picking up the aggression. Body shots by Davis. Both ripping hard body shots. A war is breaking out. Right hand by Barrios but now Tank is pressuring. He eats a jab. Hard right hand by Tank and Barrios returns with a body shot. We’ve got a fight. 10-9, Davis (48-47, Barrios)

Round 4 (11:51 p.m.): Barrios continues to pluck with the jab. Tank trying to start a jab of his own. Barrios continues to land the jab. Right hand lands. Tank can’t find much. 10-9, Barrios (39-37, Barrios)

Round 3 (11:47 p.m.): Tank still looking for an opening and lands a left hand. Davis lands a combination. Barrios rolls in and fires a combination. They are both opening up now. Tank lands an uppercut. They both exchange big punches. Barrios with a left to the body. Close round but I’m giving it to Tank. 10-9, Davis (29-28, Barrios) 

Round 2 (11:44 p.m.): Tank trying to find a way inside but Barrios keeps pumping the jab and moving forward. Hard right hand by Barrios. Barrios with a combination. Tank still trying to figure it out. Lands a left hand. Right hand down the middle by Barrios. A double jab by Barrios. Another round for Barrios. 10-9, Barrios (20-18, Barrios)

Round 1 (11:39 p.m.): Barrios steps to Tank and begins pumping the jab. He’s keeping Tank moving backward. Both looking for their range but Barrios more active. Not a whole lot from either but Barrios was more active and takes the first. 10-9, Barrios

11:27 p.m.: Gervonta Davis begins his ring walk with Lil Baby by his side. 

11:24 p.m.: Barrios with the Aztec Warrior entrance wearing pink and blue with fire dancers by his side. 

11:16 p.m.: We’re moments away from Davis vs. Barrios. We’ve had all three pay-per-view fights end inside the distance and few expect the main event to reach the judges’ scorecards. Let’s see how it all goes down.

Lubin scores sixth-round KO of Rosario in a thriller

11:02 p.m.: What a fight! Lubin weathered the storm and unleashed a brutal two-punch combination to the body that sank Rosario. Clearly damaged, Rosario made it to his feet but ended up being fed another body shot that put him down for good. Fantastic finish. Lubin puts himself back in position for a world title by overcoming adversity, getting his bearings and finishing the job. 

10:55 p.m.: It looked like Lubin was going to finish the job in the fourth round until he walked into a left hand that buzzed him badly. The fight turned on a dime and now it appears that we’re in for a closely fought battle. 

10:51 p.m.: Lubin just had an explosive third round where he nearly finished Rosario at the bell. After being patient for the first two rounds, Lubin lit Rosario up with a right hand and began to thump him with power shots for the next 90 seconds. A sizzling right hand sent Rosario into the ropes at the bell and his legs were a mess as he walked back to his corner. 

10:35 p.m.: The co-main event is up next as Erickson Lubin faces former champion Jeison Rosario in a WBC junior middleweight world title eliminator. Both have lost to Jermell Charlo but Lubin’s happened early in his career while Rosario’s was in his last fight. It’s a must-win for both fighters if they ever want to get another shot at a title at 154 pounds. 

Adames nearly disqualified, knocks Salazar out

10:18 p.m.: What an interesting finish that was! Adames began to pick up the activity and mauled Salazar with his back turned. It turned into a mugging that the referee needed to jump in to warn Adames that he’ll disqualify him if he kept it up. It didn’t matter as Adames immediately rammed a left hand into Salazar’s face and picked up the big knockout. 

10:01 p.m.: Up next is Carlos Adames vs. Alexis Salazar in a 10-round junior welterweight bout. This fight ended up on the pay-per-view after Julian Williams was scratched from the card because of injury. 

Akhmedov overwhelms, forces Mendez to retire due to injury

9:49 p.m.: After eight rounds, it was all Akhmedov but Mendez ended up injuring his right hand and his corner asked for the fight to be stopped. A great performance by Akhmedov, who pushed Barrios to the limit in his only loss. Akhmedov improves to 9-1 with his eighth knockout and will certainly be in the hunt for a big fight at 140 pounds.  

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. Mendez has yet to truly let his hands go, however, 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

  • Showtime PPV ($74.99)

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 def.. Mario Barrios via 11th round TKO (2:13) for Barrios’ WBA (Regular) junior welterweight championship.
  • Erickson Lubin def. Jeison Rosario via 6th-round KO (1:42).
  • Carlos Adames def. Alexis Salazar via 3rd-round TKO (2:59).
  • Batyr Akhmedov def. Argenis Mendez via 8th-round TKO (3:00).