Gervonta Davis-Mario Barrios set for June 26
Unbeaten slugger Gervonta Davis’ quote for a world title in a 3rd weight class versus Mario Barrios on June 26 headings a strong spring/summer boxing schedule revealed Thursday by Showtime.
Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) will challenge unbeaten Mario Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) in a quote for Barrios’ WBA incredibly light-weight title. If effective, it will make Davis a three-division world champ. He presently holds belts at incredibly featherweight and light-weight.
Showtime’s schedule is filled with engaging battles, consisting of a bantamweight title bout on May 29 in between Nordine Oubaali and Nonito Donaire; a bout for the indisputable incredibly welterweight title on July 17 in between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño and an Aug. 28 incredibly middleweight title remover in between David Benavidez and Jose Uzcategui.
All battles will be held prior to live audiences.
Davis is the star tourist attraction in this mass of considerable bouts, both due to the fact that of the kind of bout he figures to provide and due to the fact that of the historical nature of his mission. Stephen Espinoza, the president of sports at Showtime, stated the quality battles that Davis might take at light-weight are going to take more time to make.
So he accepted Davis’ concept of increasing and challenging Barrios for his title.
“With Tank having developed into a bonafide headliner, the options opened up greatly for him,” Espinoza informed Yahoo Sports. “We had a lot of possibilities, anywhere from 130 up to, as we’ve just discovered, 140 pounds. Being realistic, there are some really attractive fights, which I won’t say aren’t available but will take a long time to become available, if they ever become available. …
“This is the very best instant match we might make that we understand is top-level that we understand we can make and which will then provide us time to get among those other matches that are appealing for Tank assembled.”
Donaire vs. Oubaali figures to be a compelling bout for the WBC bantamweight belt. Espinoza noted that the fight “has excellent sleeper capacity” and said it’s one that he was lucky to be able to salvage after it was postponed last year because of COVID-19.
Charlo will face Castaño in what should be a grueling bout.
“I believe in some methods, the Charlo-Castaño bout might be ignored due to the fact that Castaño is not a family name in the U.S.,” Espinoza said. “Some individuals will not acknowledge his name and believe it’s a simple defend Mel. This is anything however a simple battle. He’s a rugged, goon. He’s most likely not as athletic as Mel, however who because department is?”
Showtime’s complete upcoming boxing schedule
Might 15: Luis Nery vs. Brandon Figueroa, for the WBC incredibly bantamweight title; Danny Roman vs. Ricardo Espinoza Franco, incredibly bantamweights; Xavier Martinez vs. Abraham Montoya, incredibly featherweights.
Might 29: Oubaali vs. Donaire for the WBC bantamweight title; Subriel Matias vs. Batyrzhan Jukembayev in an IBF incredibly light-weight title remover.
June 19: Jermall Charlo vs. Juan Macias Montiel for the WBC middleweight title.
June 26: On Showtime PPV, Davis vs. Barrios for the WBA incredibly light-weight title; Erickson Lubin vs. Jeison Rosario in a WBC incredibly welterweight remover.
July 3: Chris Colbert vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa for the interim WBA incredibly featherweight title.
July 17: Jermell Charlo vs. Castaño for the indisputable incredibly welterweight title.
Aug. 14: Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. John Riel Casimero for the WBO bantamweight title.
Aug. 28: Benavidez vs. Uzcategui in a WBC incredibly middleweight remover.
Sept. 11: Stephen Fulton Jr. vs. the Nery-Figueroa winner in an extremely bantamweight marriage bout.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.