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Davis vs. Barrios: "Tank moving up won't affect his ability to hurt Mario," says expert trainer

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On Saturday, June 26, current WBA Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) will jump up two weight classes to challenge undefeated Mario Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) for his minor WBA Super Lightweight title.

While most Race and Sports Books currently feature the Balitmore native as the comfortable 4 to 1 betting favorite, some critics and fans justifiably question whether or not the ten pound weight difference and size disparity will pose serious stylistic issues for Tank throughout the scheduled twelve round contest.

Will Davis carry his power up two weight divisions? Will the 4 1/2 inch height difference take some of the edge off Gervonta's vaunted left hook and uppercut?

Expert trainer James Gogue believes the larger weight class won't be a big factor in Tank's Jr. Welterweight debut.

"Tank is a naturally strong and explosive, athletic fighter," insists the five decade boxing coach. "Him moving up just ten pounds shouldn't affect his power and ability to hurt Barrios."

"What gave me confidence was speaking with former WBC Super Featherweight champion Cornelius Boza Edwards. He was telling me that Gervonta Davis was looking really good in the gym during camp. From what he was telling me, Tank won't have any problem carrying that God given punching power up to Jr. Welterweight."

The Nevada Hall of Famer manages the Mayweather Boxing Club where Gervonta has held his last two training camps. With a trainer's eye and a fighter's instinct, Boza understands what to look for when assessing talent in the gym.

"I trust Boza. I've known him a long time and he knows what to look for. He was telling me that Gervonta looks strong and his punches have been sharp and crisp in sparring, and he's in the gym with Tank all the time."

Although many view competing in the larger division as a negative for Davis, Coach Gogue points out the weight difference may prove to be a blessing in disguise for the current Jr. Lightweight champion.

"Perhaps Davis will be even stronger because he didn't have kill himself to make 130 pounds for this fight. And he's used to handling much bigger boys than Barrios in the gym. In his preparation for Santa Cruz, he was holding his own against Middleweight Luis Arias."

"So I really don't think the size difference will be a problem for Tank in this fight. I don't think he'll have a problem hurting Barrios. I know Virgil Hunter always has his guys in great physical and mental condition. He runs a great program in California."

"That just means Barrios will take a more sustained beating as long as the fight lasts. Tank is a special fighter and the difference in class will reveal itself the longer the fight goes on."

Gervonta "Tank" Davis will square off against Mario "El Azteca" Barrios in the main event of a four bout televised event, Saturday evening on Showtime PPV.

 

To hear Coach Gogue's complete analysis on War a Week Radio, please click on the attached link:

Davis vs. Barrios: Coach Gogue's official preview

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