World News – AU – Boxer Mario Barrios to challenge his coaches as he is determined to deliver a friendly fight


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The 25-year-old American won the regular version of the WBA super lightweight title in his most recent fight last year He makes his first belt defense on Saturday against Ryan Karl in front of a live crowd at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas

Barrios told Insider last week that, given everything that happened over the past year – including the coronavirus pandemic that has temporarily shut down major boxing organizations around the world – it seems more 13 months since his last competition

And although his coaches prefer him to approach fights with caution, he will happily trade punches with Karl in an all-out slobberknocker

“When I’m hit I want to sit there and trade punches,” said Barrios “My corner might not like it, but it’s the fighter that I am This will be a fan friendly fight « 

Barrios and Karl face off on an eight-fight map curated by Premier Boxing Champions and aired on Showtime pay-per-view in the US

The event, which will see around 11,000 fans join the Alamodome, is overcome by two-weight championship shock from Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz

Barrios told Insider he would have preferred to be more active since winning his 25th pro fight last year. « But, again, some things have been out of my control with all of the COVID -… excuse my tongue

« Everything with COVID put everyone’s life on hold for a good amount of time I’m still happy with the way things are going I’m only 25 yet, 25-0, I hold the WBA world title I am blessed « 


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But Barrios used the time away from the ring to give back He had breakfast or lunch meals to first responders when the pandemic hit Texas

« We stopped at a few firefighters, downtown San Antonio hospitals, police departments Just to thank those who risked everything at the very beginning

« It was a crazy time, in March I didn’t know when I was going to fight again I was just bored, I couldn’t even go to a boxing gym

« I’m used to being so active and I was just thinking, ‘What can I do? « Then I turned on the news, seeing the people who still had to work, the people running things around town And I was like, man, that would be great to help them »

When Barrios got the call that he wasn’t just going to fight, but do it in San Antonio in front of a crowd, he was so happy he posted the news on social media

“I shared the news sooner than expected,” he said. “I posted it and got a text saying,“ Hey, you weren’t supposed to talk to this yet to no one! And I was like, oh It’s too late, everyone knows now But I was happy « 

Barrios is also happy to fight Karl, an opponent he grew up with on the amateur circuit. He was on good terms with Karl and said he respects Karl’s family. Beating is « just a business »

He said: « When it comes to boxing, I’m a better boxer Ryan is a good fighter Every time he steps in the ring he will bring you the fight whether you like it or not »

Barrios is confident for victory on Saturday and given his layoff following a pandemic, he wants to stay active afterwards

« We’ll see what my team has in the works, what their plans are They’ve moved my career, honestly… I have no complaints where I am for my age

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World News – AU – Boxer Mario Barrios to challenge his coaches as he is determined to deliver a friendly fight for the fans



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