Mario Barrios defends his 140-pound title this Saturday night against Eudy Bernardo on Showtime Extreme from the Freeman Coliseum.
Barrios has picked up four consecutive victories via knockout since moving up to the division. The 22-year-old is a perfect 20-0 in his career with 12 finishes.
“I have filled out perfectly for this division and working with Virgil Hunter has helped a lot. It is no secret that I have had four fights with Virgil Hunter and each one of them has ended with a knockout. I am stronger than ever, and I feel completely comfortable at junior welterweight. This is the weight class that I’ll be campaigning for a world title at,” Barrios said. “He is a solid opponent with a lot of experience. He has a high work rate that you can tell that by his nickname ‘AK-47’. He is the perfect opponent for me at this point in my career as I start my climb to a world title. I know he’s coming to fight as am I, so there will definitely be some fireworks.”
This will also be a homecoming for Barrios, as he was born in San Antonio and still resides there.
“It is a blessing to fight in my hometown. I get homesick sometimes when I train as I think about family, friends and all the places I love to visit back home. It feels good, not just to be able to fight at home, but to put on a great show for everyone that knows me as well. San Antonio needs a big star they can get behind and I feel I can be the one to fill that role,” he said. “This camp has been very good. I’ve gotten lots of different looks and I’m well prepared to go into battle. I love training at Virgil Hunter’s Boxing Gym because we have a great routine, with a lot of top fighters. I also started training with SNAC’s Remi Korchemny, who is increasing my speed and endurance, which will be very noticeable in this fight. I have trained very hard for this fight, so you can expect a great performance.”
The card features Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets for the IBF 140-pound title and Rances Barthelemy vs. Kiryl Relikh for the vacant WBA 140-pound belt.