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• QUICK BIO: Mario Barrios is a Mexican-American professional boxer from San Antonio, TX, with an undefeated record of (26-0, 17 KOs). He is the current WBA Super Lightweight Champion of the world.
9/25/2021 2:05:10 PM
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San Antonio TX - United States
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• BIO:
Mario Barrios
Nickname – El Azteca
Height – 5’11”
Reach – 71”
Weight – 140 (Super Lightweight)
Date of Birth – May 18, 1995 (Age 25)
Hometown – San Antonio, TX
Pro Record – (26-0, 17 KO’s)
Status - WBA Super Lightweight World Champion

Mario Barrios is a 25-year old undefeated Mexican-American professional boxer who was born in Racine, Wisconsin. He moved to San Antonio, TX when he was five years old. His father Martin and mother Isabel raised him and his older sister Selina (27), along with his two younger sisters, Vanessa (18) and Valencia (16).

Mario started boxing at the age of six when his mom, who was a big boxing fan, took him and his sister Selina to the gym. His mom Isabel always wanted to box but couldn’t because she had to make ends meet. Therefore, the two siblings were introduced to the sport of boxing and started fighting together at a young age. They were both first coached by an old trainer named Coach Jaramillo, when they started boxing. As they got older, their dad Martin took over the reins, and trained them as adults.

As the two siblings continued to improve on their craft, they were inseparable. Selina was the one who set the pace as she was winning every tournament she entered. Being the younger of the two, Mario would look up to his sister. It wasn’t until he was 15-years old, that he was able to handle Selina in the ring.

Entering his freshman year in high school, Mario was only 5’5, and had already won a few boxing tournaments. It was when he won the national PAL tournament, that he realized he had the talent to become something special in the sport. He grew to 5’7 in his senior year, and after high school, he had a growth spurt, and grew to 5’11. He now stands at 6’0 as he enters his 21st pro fight.

On November 11, 2013, at age 18, Mario Barrios made his pro debut at super-bantamweight in his hometown at the Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, TX. Barrios scored a first round TKO against Rigoberto Moreno.

After moving up to featherweight, Barrios would go the distance in his next three fights, winning unanimous decisions against, Manuel Rubalcava, Lyonell Kelly, and Jaxel Marrero, with the latter two taking place in California. All bouts happening in 2014

He would get his second knockout in his fifth fight against, Salvador Perez, a fight that took place at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio CA. He followed that performance with another impressive knockout against Abraham Rubio. He improved to (7-0, 3 KOs) with another unanimous decision victory against Juan Sandoval, his first fight at super-featherweight.

On March 7, 2015, Barrios would make his Las Vegas debut against Justin Lopez in his first 6-round bout. Barrios dazzled the crowed scoring a third round TKO and followed that great performance with sixth round knockout over Jose Del Valle.

In his first 8-round bout, Barrios went the distance against Jose Arturo Esquivel, winning a unanimous decision. He followed the win by scoring a fourth round TKO against Jose Cen Torres in his next fight.

On September 26, 2015, Barrios scored a first-round knockout against Eduardo Rivera, improving his record to (12-0, 7 KOs).

In his next fight, Barrios would step up in competition when he faced Enrique Tinoco of Mexico, a rough fighter who was on a four-fight winning streak. For the first time in his young career, Barrios would have to overcome some adversity, as he had to fight with a bloody nose, from round two on. Showing grit and determination, Barrios would come out victorious, winning a unanimous decision.

On December 12, Barrios would return to his hometown as he scored a sixth-round knockout against Manuel Vides, a fight that took place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

In his first fight at lightweight, Mario Barrios won a unanimous decision against, Edgar Gabejan, a veteran of over sixty pro fights. This would be his only fight at lightweight in his career.

With his record standing at (15-0, 8 KOs), Barrios would step up in competition as he faced Devis Boschiero in a title elimination bout at super-featherweight. This would be a turning point in Mario’s young career as he struggled to make the 130-pound limit. After draining himself to make the weight, Barrios would enter the fight feeling his weakest at any point in his career. With that being said, Barrios still won a lopsided unanimous decision, making him the mandatory challenger to fight for the world title at super-featherweight. Because he was so big and struggled to make weight, the team decided to have Mario move up to super-lightweight (140 lbs.) and continue his career from there.

It was at this point in career that Mario Barrios would take on the guidance of a new trainer in Virgil Hunter, the 2013 BWAA Trainer of the Year. Since joining forces with Hunter, Barrios has recorded four consecutive knockouts, a second-round destruction against Claudio Rosendo Tapia, a seventh-round stoppage over, Yardley Armenta Cruz, another seventh-round knockout against Jose Luis Rodriguez, his first 10-round bout at super-lightweight. Barrios scored a seventh round TKO against Naim Nelson, to improve his record to (20-0, 12 KOs) on September 19th, 2017.

On March 10, 2018, Barrios was the featured attraction of the SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME telecast where he delivered a sensational second round knockout of Eudy Bernardo (23-3, 17 KOs), a fight that took place in front of his hometown fans.

"I definitely made a statement tonight,” said Barrios. “I showed the 140-pound division that I'm here and ready for any of them.”

Barrios was dominant from the start and struck early in the second with a vicious straight right that put Bernardo down. Although Bernardo got to his feet and beat the count, referee Jon Schorle had seen enough and waved off the bout 45 seconds into the second round of the super lightweight affair.

"I wasn't going in there looking for the knockout, but I caught him early,” said Barrios. "I've been on a good run and I'm ready to continue that streak. We're moving up the ranks fight by fight. I'm looking to get a title eliminator by the end of the year and hopefully a title shot early next year."

On February 9, 2019, Barrios blasted through Richard Zamora winning by fourth round knockout. The finish happened when Barrios wobbled Zamora with a straight right hand. Then Barrios did something that not enough young fighters do - stay composed and throw pinpoint combinations and didn't go for broke until he staggered Zamora with a right hook. Barrios closed the show with shots to the body and the head to secure the stoppage. According to Showtime, Barrios landed 77 of 130 of his power shots for a massive 59 percent.

On May 11, 2019, Barrios scored a devastating second round knockout victory over Juan Jose Velasco (20-2, 12 KOs). Barrios kept his undefeated record intact when he landed a crushing body shot that sent Velasco to the canvas midway through the second round. Referee Hugo Spinola counted out Velasco at 1:16 of the second round as the Argentine was on his hands and knees trying to catch his breath.

Barrios said he was trying to be patient and use his jab to set up the perfect shot.

"I saw him opening up every time he would step in. I knew one of the body shots was going to do it and I found the sweet spot,'' Barrios said. "We weren't expecting it to end that quickly. I wasn't predicting a knockout, but I knew I had the power to do it and stop him."

"I was very confident. I had a great camp. I can't thank Virgil Hunter and the team for the preparation for this fight. We knew he was vulnerable with body punches and that was something I work on regardless. It is one of my favorite shots. I have been working on it since the amateurs."

Barrios said he would build on the victory over Velasco and continue to climb the ladder at 140 pounds.

On September 28, 2019 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Mario Barrios scored a close unanimous decision victory over Batyr Akhmedov (7-1, 6 KOs) to capture the WBA Super Lightweight title in an action packed fight.

"I knew this was going to be a war,” said Barrios. “He was getting dirty in there but the Mexican warrior in me was not going to let this opportunity pass me by. I dug deep and got the victory."

The action began with Akhmedov trying to get inside against his taller opponent, while Barrios looked to move and punish Akhmedov with pot shots from the outside. In round four, Barrios connected with a combo that stunned Akhmedov before Barrios followed up and scored a knockdown when Akhmedov’s glove touched the canvas.

On October 31, 2020, Barrios made the first defense of his WBA world title when he faced Ryan Karl on SHOWTIME. Barrios looked sensational scoring a 6th round KO that was seen by millions of boxing fans around the world.

On June 26, 2021, Mario Barrios is scheduled to face the toughest opponent of his career when he steps in the ring against undefeated superstar, Gervonta “Tank” Davis, in in a blockbuster mega-fight summer attraction. The main event bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME PPV.

Mario Barrio was signed by Al Haymon and Luis DeCubas Jr. before his first pro fight. Since turning pro, Barrios has steadily climbed up the rankings, becoming one of the hottest prospects in boxing.

His favorite fighters growing up were Oscar De La Hoya, Tommy Hearns and Salvador Sanchez. Currently he admires fighters like Terrance Crawford and Gennady Golovkin.

On his spare time, Barrios likes to spend time with his family, especially with his niece Athena and sisters. He is single with no kids and enjoys going to the movies, spending time at the mall, trying new restaurants, and going on hikes.