Talented prospect Mario Barrios makes the eleventh pro appearance of his career this Sunday night as the youngster battles Mexican Jose Cen Torres on home soil in Texas.
The 20 year-old has already taken care of his previous ten opponents in fine style and is a heavy favorite to repeat the feat on the undercard of Anthony Dirrell’s clash with Marco Antonio Rubio at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
Barrios fights for the fourth time in 2015 having dispatched Justin Lopez, Jose Del Valle and Jose Porras with minimal fuss in the first seven months of the year and is delighted with his progress as another step on the boxing ladder approaches.
“I feel that I have I learned a lot about myself in my first ten fights, but I’m still learning and I have a better understanding of what I need to work on now,” Barrios told World Boxing News on the eve of his bout on Premier Boxing Champions.
“For instance, using my height and reach is very important and I know that I need to establish my jab from the opening round. Everything is set up off the jab.
“I’m going to go in there and dictate my game plan. He will have to make adjustments to me and I’ll be prepared for anything he brings to the table.”
On what he makes of his opponent Torres, who is four years his senior, Barrios added: “I don’t really rate my opponents. I just go out there and try to defeat whoever is in front of me. I know he has over 20 fights so he has experience and won’t be easy.
“It’s just amazing to be a part of such a big show on PBC. As a kid, you always envision what it would be like to be fighting on big cards and on TV. It’s a great feeling to know it’s all happening now and I have to give credit to Al Haymon for giving me all these opportunities. He really is the best,” he said.
Another year of learning his craft, similar to this one should leave Barrios nicely into the realm of title opportunities, although ‘The Golden Boy’ himself isn’t getting carried away with his early success.
“I think I’ll still be working my way to the top in 2016, with the possibility of fighting for world titles in 2017,” predicted Barrios. “But if the opportunity arises to go for something a little earlier than expected, then I’m all for it. I will never turn down a fight against anyone.
“The division is wide open in my opinion and with a few more fights, I’ll be ready. I think if I got in the ring with any of them right now I would do well,” he added.