The difficult former WBA mild welterweight champion Mario Barrios (26-2, 17 KOs) may be trying to stop his dropping streak by scuffling with the difficult-hitting Jovanie Santiago (14-2-1, 10 KOs) in a scheduled 10 spherical co-function combat at the undercard.
Rey Vargas vs O’Shaquie Foster card on Showtime Boxing on February 11th on the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The televised card begins at nine:00 p.M. ET/6:00 p.M. PT.
Fighting for one of the vacant one hundred forty-lb belts is an appropriate situation for Barrios due to the fact at this point, he needs an easier direction to recapturing a global identify instead of going thru WBC champion Regis Prograis or WBO champ Josh Taylor.
Santiago Won’t Be Easy For Mario Barrios
Mario Barrios may be in for an extended night against Santiago, as this man arguably must best have one defeat on his resume against Gary Antuanne Russell, and he’s were given a whole lot of ability.
In Santiago’s loss on his resume, he changed into beaten by means of Adrien Broner in a questionable 12 round unanimous selection in February 2021 in a combat that many boxing lovers had him handily winning.
What was troubling approximately that fight changed into the huge rankings that each of the 3 judges became in desire of Broner. None of the scores made feel, and it changed into disappointing to see how all three of them saw a distinct fight than what the lovers did.
Mario Barrios, 27, has run into a small patch of awful luck, dropping his WBA one hundred forty-lb title to movie star Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis by way of an 11th spherical knockout in June 2021 and then getting outboxed by the bigger, stronger & faster former WBA & WBC welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman a 12 months in the past, dropping a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in February 2022.
It’s doubtful why Barrios has selected to take a seat inactive for an entire year since the defeat to Thurman, but it is able to be that all the punishment that he absorbed in that fight to his face could have played a element. ‘El Azteca’ Barrios’ nose become seriously swollen, and he suffered cuts & bruises, making his face look indistinguishable from how he typically seems.
With that type of punishment that Barrios took, it’s now not unexpected that he’s chosen to sit down inactive for one year rather than resume his profession as maximum combatants would.
The cash that Barrios has made in his last fights against Tank Davis and Thurman hasn’t harm—combating those famous stars in headliners on pay-according to-view need to have paid properly for Barrios.
In the headliner, Rey Vargas will flow up in weight from 126 to fight for the vacant WBC outstanding featherweight belt towards O’Shaquie Foster for the vacant WBC Super Featherweight title.
Shakur Stevenson lately misplaced his WBC 130-lb title after coming in obese for his protection towards Robson Conceição remaining September. As a end result, the WBC amazing featherweight name has been vacant.
A win places me in the position I want to be in, that’s competing for a international name,” said Mario Barrios approximately his February 11th fight against Jovanie Santiago. “A lot of titles have emerge as vacant as of late, and I suppose with a sturdy displaying, I could get within the mix with any of the sector champions inside the division.
I purpose to grow to be a two-time world champion, which I am set to do. A win gives me that subsequent step to get close to a identify eliminator or the more prominent names in the welterweight division.
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