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Mario Barrios vows to learn from loss to Gervonta Davis, always entertain fans with fights

Barrios didn’t get the W, but he may have gained new fans last Saturday.

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Mario Barrios took his first pro loss this past Saturday against Gervonta Davis, but if anything he probably gained new fans in the valiant effort — at the very least, he certainly hasn’t lost any.

When Barrios arrived home in San Antonio, fans from his hometown were there to greet him. Barrios called the warm welcome home from his fans “incredible.”

“In boxing, it’s a must to give the fans an entertaining fight, and that’s what I plan to do every time I step in the ring,” he said. “It was a great fight, and the fans were the real winners.”

Barrios (26-1, 17 KO) also gave full credit to Davis (25-0, 24 KO), who was fighting at 140 lbs for the first time.

“It was an honor to step in the ring with Gervonta Davis, who in my opinion is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in boxing,” said Barrios. “Although I didn’t come out on top, I left everything in the ring and showed the world my warrior spirit.

“I always told myself if I ever lose a fight, I’m going out on my shield, and that’s what I did. I’m going to take this experience and grow as a fighter. I promise I’ll be back better than ever.”