“Regular” WBA light welterweight champion (up to 63.5 kg), American Mario Barrios (26-0-0, 17 KO), recalling on the eve of the fight with compatriot Ryan Karl (18-3-0, 12 KO), which took place Today in Texas, his difficult meeting with the Russian Batyr Akhmedov (8-1-0, 7 KO), said that he was ready to give him revenge.
Recall that the fighters met in September last year, and Barrios won a close decision in a difficult battle.
“It was a war,” the fighter said in an interview with BoxingScene.com. “I think I had a great first half, but he turned out to be a very tempo fighter. Again, in the first half of the fight, I made him gasp for air.
Towards the end of the fight, and this was influenced by my preparation, I was left exhausted. I never made excuses, but it turned out that I began to choke. Yes, there were talks about revenge, and I constantly said that I would give him a chance without any problems. No doubt he deserved it. “