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Saturday Boxing Roundup: Gervonta Davis Delivers In War, Lomachenko Returns To Form

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June 26 ended up being one of boxing’s busiest evenings of the year with not one, not two, but three major fight cards across two different countries.

The night ended with Gervonta Davis delivering a stoppage win over Mario Barrios in one of the most exciting fights of the year. Davis dropped Barrios three times en route to an 11th round TKO win to capture the WBA “Regular” junior welterweight title. With the win, Davis now holds a belt at super featherweight (WBA “Super”), at lightweight (WBA “Regular”) and now junior welterweight.

After a slow start from both fighters, Davis and Barrios picked up the pace starting in round 3. Barrios took control of the action early thanks to his length and aggression. However, Davis used his power and his left hand to deliver devastating shots upstairs to the taller Barrios. Things really went in Davis’ favor a minute into the eighth round when Davis dropped Barrios twice. Davis almost stopped Barrios but he was able to survive the eighth round. In the ninth round, Barrios recovered from those knockdowns and traded flurries with Davis, sending the crowd in Atlanta into a frenzy.

After the ninth round, Floyd Mayweather Jr. managed to sneak in a few words of encouragement to Davis and Davis responded with an electric 10th round that saw both fighters land heavy shots and fight through them. In the 11th round, Davis scored another knockdown, an uppercut to the body. Barrios was able to get back up but the referee stopped the fight moments later.

“I knew he was hurt. I just had to catch him at the right time,” Davis said after the fight. “Floyd came to me and was honest and said I was down. I knew I was down. So he said show me that you’re great. And you know how we do it in the doghouse, baby!”

At the time of the stoppage, Davis was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards (97-91, 96-92, 96-92). With the win, the future is out in the open for Davis as far as his next fight is concerned. After the fight, Davis did not specify where he would fight next, saying he and his team will come up with a gameplan for the future.

For those who did not get to tune in to the fight, Showtime will replay the fight on July 3 as part of that evening’s “Showtime Championship Boxing” telecast that is headlined by a super featherweight bout between Chris Colbert and Tugstsogt Nyamabayar.

The co-main event of the Showtime pay-per-view saw junior middleweight contender Erickson Lubin take out former unified world champion Jeison Rosario with a knockout in the sixth round in a WBC title eliminator. Lubin, who unsuccessfully challenged for the WBC 154-pound title in 2017, has won six straight and is on the short list of contenders ready to challenge the winner of the Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano fight for the undisputed title taking place in July.

Vasiliy Lomachenko Dominates In Ring Return:

It didn’t take long for Vasiliy Lomachenko to have a vintage performance against Masayoshi Nakatani, but Lomachenko had to shed some blood in the process.

Lomachenko stopped Nakatani in the ninth round to pick up his first win since August 2019 when he beat Luke Campbell to walk away as the WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight titles.

In the first round, Lomachenko suffered a cut at the top of his forehead thanks to an accidental clash of heads. Lomachenko bled a lot immediately afterwards, but the cut never played a role in the final result. Lomachenko used his footwork to open up angles and score big shots upstairs while Nakatani struggled to keep up with Lomachenko. Through the first four rounds, Nakatani was able to land only 13 total punches.

Lomachenko scored a knockdown in the fifth round and Nakatani recovered, but didn’t do anything to turn the tides. Lomachenko kept moving around the ring and out of Nakatani’s reach. The three-division champion went on to stop Nakatani in the ninth round to get the win.

Now victorious, Lomachenko has set his sights on current unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez, who beat Lomachenko last year. In a post-fight interview, Lomachenko called out Lopez to a rematch in the coming months.

“I’m happy because I won. All the strategies that we developed with my team [worked]. I reached all my goals. I won and now I’m back on track. Everybody saw how I won this fight, and everybody is waiting for the rematch [with Lopez], so let’s make a rematch. He has a fight in the future with [George] Kambosos, but how about after, in the beginning of next year? December, January, February, I am waiting,” Lomachenko said.

Canelo Alvarez, DAZN Kick Off Mexico Series With World Title Bout:

Canelo Alvarez, Matchroom Boxing and DAZN kicked off a four-event series to be staged in Mexico with a hard-hitting flyweight title fight in the main event.

The card, which took place in Guadalajara, was headlined by a WBC flyweight title bout between Julio Cesar Martinez and Joel Cordova, which Martinez won with a sixth-round TKO victory.

Both Martinez and Cordova constantly swung for the fences, throwing big shot after big shot. However, Martinez was more accurate in his power punches and hurt Cordova more than once, but Cordova still kept fighting. Martinez landed a vicious left hook in round five that staggered Cordova, followed by a shot in the sixth round that dropped Cordova to the canvas. Once Cordova recovered, Martinez kept attacking until the referee stopped the bout.

Martinez has now made three successful title defenses of his WBC flyweight title which he won in 2019. After the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn said he hopes to put Martinez in a big flyweight unification before a move up to super flyweight against Mexican star and top 10 pound-for-pound fighter Juan Francisco Estrada.

“I think this kid is a superstar, Eddy Reynoso is behind him, we’re behind him, this kid is going all the way. I think he should unify first at flyweight whether that’s Sunny Edwards, Artem Dalakian, Junto Nakatani, and then up to super flyweight and then up to bantamweight over time. A fight with Juan Francisco Estrada is a superfight in Mexico, and we’ll see Martinez back out in September,” Hearn said.

In the co-main event, rising light flyweight Daniel Matellon scored a unanimous decision victory over Jose Argumedo to retain the interim WBA light flyweight title. Matellon won with scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.

The fight was another all-action bout but Argumedo dealt with a big cut near his left eye which was bleeding throughout the entire fight and covering his left eye with blood. Despite the cut and blood loss, Argumedo fought toe-to-toe with Matellon, but Matellon was able to outbox Argumedo throughout the fight.

After the fight, Matellon said he would love to fight Hiroto Kyoguchi down the road as Kyoguchi is the WBA “Super” champion at light flyweight and is promoted by Matchroom Boxing.

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