Former “regular” junior welterweight champion Mario “El Azteca” Barrios hopes to make his welterweight debut as good as possible with a dramatic win over former 147-pound united champion Keith “One Time” Thurman.
The two fighters, both returning from defeats, will collide in the main event of a FOX Sports Pay-Per-View at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 5th.
Barrios, 26, has been out of the ring since June when he suffered his first career loss to a TKO in the eleventh round against Gervonta Davis.
The 5-foot-10 barrios who is a trained veteran trainer Virgil Hunter will have a height advantage of three inches in combat.
Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs), 33 and once considered one of the sport’s finest welterweight fighters, is returning from a very long hiatus.
The former champion has been out of the ring since July 2019 when he suffered his first career loss. Thurman dropped a twelve-round split decision to recently retired Manny Pacquiao.
While Thurman has a clear head start in experience, Barrios plans to see what’s left for the dangerous veteran by leading the fight to him at the start.
“I’m excited to make my welterweight debut against a great fighter and former world champion like Keith Thurman,” said Barrios.
“A lot of fighters wouldn’t take this fight, but that’s why I wanted it. We both like to drop a lot of bombs and I think this is going to be an all-out war. The fans know that I am a warrior and will not shy away from any challenge, so everyone should order this fight. ‘El Azteca’ will issue a statement on February 5th. “