Mario Barrios defends his 140-pound title this Saturday night against Eudy Bernardo on Showtime Extreme from the Freeman Coliseum.

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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.