SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – It’s nearly been one full yr since Mario Barrios fought in a hoop earlier than followers and tv cameras showcasing his expertise in primetime. He enter the ring decided to win a championship belt. By the top of the night time, he was San Antonio’s new world champ.
Now, after patiently ready all through the coronavirus outbreak for an opportunity to defend his title, Barrios is being pressured to attend even longer. ‘
Final week “El Azteca” was knowledgeable that his scheduled pay-per-view struggle for September 26 was being moved to October.
“I’m undecided why it was moved however its not one thing out of the strange,” Barrios instructed KSAT 12 Sports activities late final week. “I miss being within the ring; it’s probably the most inactive I’ve been since I turned professional.”
The Staff Barrios camp within the San Francisco Bay Space will now decelerate a bit earlier than resuming the struggle night time preparation. Barrios (25-Zero, 16 KOs) will nonetheless defend his WBA World Tremendous Light-weight championship belt in opposition to fellow Texans Ryan Karl (23-5, 12 KOs). Though nothing has been introduced formally, sources say that Barrios will nonetheless struggle on a Premier Boxing Championships/Showtime PPV card in late October.
The work behind the scenes by a lot of this yr had been for a rematch between Barrios and Batyr Akhmedov, the tremendous light-weight from Uzbekistan who Barrios defeated final September.
“We needed the rematch straight away however each of our camps agreed that we must always have a in between struggle then schedule a rematch,” stated Barrios. “I’ve identified Ryan since we have been younger amateurs. I do know that is his largest alternative. I’m ready to face the very best Ryan Karl that I’ve ever seen.”
When it’s time to struggle, Barrios prepares with Virgil Hunter close to San Francisco, California. When COVID-19 unfold rapidly within the state earlier this yr, Barrios returned to San Antonio because the sports activities world got here to a halt.
Nevertheless, as Barrios ready for his scheduled September struggle, wildfires started to breakout all through California.
“It felt like quarantine over again,” Barrios defined. “Once I arrived again right here two weeks in the past, I went working and I appeared throughout and two of the hills have been on fireplace. All the fireplace division was speeding over there. They’d everybody that was within the park go away. It was fairly loopy. I went again a number of days after that and it burned fairly a bit in an actual quick period of time. It’s fairly dangerous out right here.”
“It caught me without warning, particularly once I awoke and so they stated the Bay Space was orange,” added Barrios. “I by no means skilled one thing like that earlier than. I awoke within the morning and actually the whole lot was an orange tint. Once I went to look exterior, it was actual darkish. It was bizarre. It felt actual eerie at first. It stayed like that for like two days. I didn’t know the best way to react, I needed to watch the information to verify the whole lot is okay.”
SELINA BARRIOS TAKES PRIORITIES
Out of all the key sports activities in the USA, boxers have been among the many first to see competitors within the COVID-19 pandemic. However not all fighters have been given the possibility to struggle once more. Some have taken a step again for well being causes; some have failed to search out high quality opponents and a few can not struggle of their space of the nation.
For others, they’ve taken a step again to deal with household.
That’s what skilled boxer Selina Barrios has executed. As a substitute of preventing within the ring, she has chosen to be by her daughter’s facet serving to her with digital studying.
“Once I was again house, I used to be asking her how all that was going‚” stated Barrios. “My sister was explaining it to me and I used to be like, ‘that’s means an excessive amount of work’. Being a guardian is difficult proper now, and that being added on to it, it’s loopy instances.”
“I give credit score to all mother and father who’re there for his or her youngsters particularly with education throughout this time,” Barrios concluded. “And to the lecturers most of all.”
Daniel P. Villanueva has labored with KSAT 12 Sports activities for over 17 years and is an award-winning sports activities producer. To submit story concepts, electronic mail email@example.com
Copyright 2020 by KSAT – All rights reserved.