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Posted on 06/28/2021

By: Kirk Jackson

Once again, he displayed the power of the stars. Another exciting back-and-forth fight, another exhilarating finish and a magnificent display from Gervonta “Tank” Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) and Mario “El Azteca” Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs).

As we await the results of the pay-per-view and other pecuniary figures from the event last weekend, the end result – referring to the punches, was incredible as the two warriors clashed and fought for the WBA (Regular) super lightweight title at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

For his part, with tremendous effort, strategy, will and heart, embodying the Aztec warrior aspect of his heritage which he proudly represents, Barrios has also shown humility even in defeat.

“I have never been a hater. Congratulations to ‘Tank’, ”said Barrios. “He came here and did his thing. It was nothing less than an exciting fight and that’s exactly what we both predicted. He was the best tonight, but I’ll definitely be back.

“’Tank’ is explosive. He caught me slipping and it’s boxing. Ultimately, a punch can change the fight. This is exactly how I felt. Congratulations to him.

Although Davis was “The One,” ultimately displaying explosive punching power, which can explode at any time, he was also aware of Barrios’ punching power.

“I was definitely nervous all night because I didn’t know that if I caught him, would I hurt him?” Davis said at a post-fight press conference. “Or if he caught me, would he hurt me?” You know he had eight ounces [gloves] and I was riding two weight classes, so my mind was, you know, my trainer and them, even Floyd was telling me to squeeze it.

Fortunately for Davis and for the fight fans, he insisted before finally making the save.

As of June 2021, Davis is ranked as the world’s best active featherweight by The Ring magazine and is also ranked as the world’s best active lightweight by BoxRec. What’s next for Davis, as he successfully enters new super light territory?

The world is his oyster and there are many options to choose from. And while enjoying a perfect professional record, 96% KO percentage (100% in world title fights), “Tank” can legitimately compete with anyone from super featherweight to super lightweight. .

Like former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Davis has that equalizer that can wipe out any deficit. He can hurt his opponents with either hand and by watching him fight you can see the meanness and tenacity behind his punches. It’s been mentioned in the past, but Davis looks like Mike Tyson. Davis is sort of a hybrid between Pernell Whitaker, Floyd Mayweather, and Tyson in a sense.

Although there are significant issues with his skill and power, due to his power of attraction and ever-increasing fame, there are fighters ready to face the three-division world champion.

Earlier this month, ShowTime, the network broadcasting its latest PPV, released THE KINGS, a four-part series featuring Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard, featuring their ascent. to the greatness and legendary matches they produced.

Which is appropriate, because we can potentially be in a new era, with four kings. Davis, Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), Devin Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) and Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs). All of them, aside from Garcia, are lightweight world titlists. All of them, who are young, undefeated, immensely popular and have great potential. Big comparisons, yes, but we’ll see how it goes.

Shakur Stevenson (16-0, 8 KOs), currently competing at the super featherweight, is not often mentioned with his contemporaries, despite being young, undefeated and could potentially become the greatest fighter in the field. The Olympic silver medalist is entitled to royalty, he may very well supplant Garcia when it comes to the Four Kings discussions, but it is also important to recognize each individual fighter as a special in their own right.

The main point is that it would be beneficial for boxing to have these fighters face to face in a round-robin type series.

While this is not generally the way the boxing business operates, due to promoters, networks and sanctioning bodies, we can certainly expect the best matchmaking results.

Who doesn’t want to see “Tank” take on “The Matrix” Vasiliy Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs), who also came back successfully last weekend, beating Masayoshi Nakatani (19-2, 13 KOs).

Or Davis against the current undisputed welterweight champion Josh Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs)?

Or Davis against Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (26-1, 22 KO), the former world champion, who suffered only narrowly the defeat against Taylor by majority decision, in the backyard of Taylor at the ‘O2 Arena, London, England.

The Baltimore native is more than likely ready to take on Prograis next, due to promotional and network affiliations. It would be very competitive, action-packed and logical from a winner’s point of view, as the winner would be in a prime position to challenge Taylor afterwards. Except promotional problems.

The plans of Top Rank and Bob Arum (promoter of Taylor) may not line up with the plans of Premier Boxing Champions and Floyd Mayweather (promoter of Davis).

It is to be determined. Whatever Davis’ next step on this new ground, the world will be watching.