Undefeated super-featherweight Mario Barrios is scheduled to make his first appearance of the year next week. The twenty year old fighter from San Antonio, Texas has been hard at work getting ready for the fight on March 15th. He’s scheduled to fight Erick Daniel Martinez (11-4-1, 2 KOs) at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, CA in an 8 round affair.
Barrios and Martinez will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions’ Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays on FS1, which will air the fight live starting at 9PM ET Eastern Time / 6PM PT Pacific Time. The bout will act as the co-feature on a card featuring junior welterweights Sergey Lipinets and Levan Ghvamichava in a 10 rounder.
We last saw Barrios, who fought seven times in 2015, winning with a highlight reel KO in the 6th round of a scheduled 8 rounder against Manuel Vides at the AT&T Center in Barrios’ hometown of San Antonio this past December.
Barrios has the potential to do some big things and make an impact quickly.
“To be 6’1” at this weight I have a great height advantage, great reach advantage. I’m able to get a lot of leverage on my punches so it helps out a lot,” Barrios said in an interview on KSAT12 in San Antonio.
Some would say that Barrios is already on the fast-track. Actually, the argument could be made that he’s already reached goals that most prospects wouldn’t presume possible.
“In the 130-pound division, he’s ranked 15th in the world. That’s a great accomplishment right there. I mean, it’s hard to break the top 100, more or less, and he’s 15th so that says a lot,” Rick Nunez, Barrios’ assistant trainer, said.
The next logical step for Barrios, assuming he continues his winning ways, would be a 10 rounder. And when that happens, it is possible that he will be put in the position to headline his first major television fight card.