Mario Barrios
Mario Barrios

Mario Barrios

“El Azteca”

RECORD

25 - 0 - 0

KOs

16

Weight 140 lbs (63.64 kg)

Age 25

Home San Antonio, Texas,

Complete Stats

Since making his professional debut at age 18, exciting Texan Mario Barrios has been blasting opponents all the way to becoming a Super Lightweight World Champion. Read Bio

Next Fight / Sep 26, 2020


Mario Barrios vs Ryan Karl


Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut

Latest News

Mario Barrios News
Jul 8, 2020 / The PBC Podcast, Mario Barrios

This Week on The PBC Podcast: Mario Barrios

The undefeated World Super Lightweight Champion discusses Black Lives Matter, helping first responders during the current pandemic and his return to the ring.

Jul 6, 2020 / Outside The Ring, Mario Barrios

Outside The Ring: Mario Barrios Helps Pandemic First Responders

The undefeated world super lightweight champion is giving back to the community by helping those who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 10, 2020 / Keith Thurman, Abner Mares, Mario Barrios, Marcus Browne

For PBC Fighters, Every Day is Mother's Day

Keith Thurman, Abner Mares, Mario Barrios and Marcus Browne explain what their mothers mean to them on this special day.

Fights

Mario Barrios Fights

Win vs Batyr Akhmedov 8-1-0

Sep 28, 2019 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Mario Barrios WINS against Batyr Akhmedov by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Juan Jose Velasco 20-1-0

May 11, 2019 EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Juan Jose Velasco by KO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Richard Zamora 19-2-0

Feb 09, 2019 Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson, California, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Richard Zamora by KO in Round 4 of 10

Win vs Jose Roman 24-2-1

Jul 28, 2018 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Jose Roman by RTD in Round 8 of 10

Win vs Naim Nelson 14-4-0

Sep 19, 2017 Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Mario Barrios WINS against Naim Nelson by TKO in Round 7 of 10

Win vs Jose Luis Rodriguez 21-9-0

Jun 11, 2017 Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Jose Luis Rodriguez by KO in Round 7 of 10

Win vs Yardley Armenta Cruz 21-7-0

Mar 04, 2017 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Yardley Armenta Cruz by TKO in Round 6 of 8

Win vs Yardley Suarez 20-6-0

Mar 04, 2017 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Yardley Suarez by TKO in Round 6 of 8

Win vs Claudio Rosendo Tapia 28-17-4

Dec 10, 2016 USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Claudio Rosendo Tapia by KO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Devis Boschiero 48-6-2

Jul 09, 2016 Sun National Bank Center, Trenton, New Jersey

Mario Barrios WINS against Devis Boschiero by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Edgar Gabejan 27-32-6

Apr 16, 2016 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Edgar Gabejan by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Manuel Vides 18-4-0

Dec 12, 2015 AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Manuel Vides by KO in Round 6 of 8

Win vs Enrique Tinoco 15-2-2

Nov 10, 2015 Music Hall, Austin, Texas, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Enrique Tinoco by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Eduardo Rivera 9-2-2

Sep 26, 2015 Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Eduardo Rivera by KO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Jose Cen Torres 13-8-0

Sep 06, 2015 American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Jose Cen Torres by TKO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Jose Arturo Esquivel 9-2-0

Jul 18, 2015 Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Jose Arturo Esquivel by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Jose Arturo Esquivel Porras 9-2-0

Jul 18, 2015 Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Jose Arturo Esquivel Porras by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Jose Del Valle - Rivera 4-10-3

May 09, 2015 State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Jose Del Valle - Rivera by KO in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Justin Lopez 5-2-0

Mar 07, 2015 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Justin Lopez by TKO in Round 3 of 6

Win vs Juan Sandoval 7-14-1

Nov 20, 2014 Sportsmans Lodge, Studio City, California, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Juan Sandoval by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Abraham Rubio 3-4-1

Oct 08, 2014 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Abraham Rubio by KO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Salvador Perez 2-4-2

Jul 25, 2014 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Salvador Perez by KO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Jaxel Marrero 1-2-1

May 10, 2014 USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Jaxel Marrero by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Lyonell Kelly 0-2-0

Mar 07, 2014 Pala Casino Spa and Resort , Pala, California, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Lyonell Kelly by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Manuel Rubalcava 1-6-0

Feb 10, 2014 Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Manuel Rubalcava by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Rigoberto Moreno 0-1-0

Nov 11, 2013 Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Mario Barrios WINS against Rigoberto Moreno by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

Mario Barrios “El Azteca”

  • WINS 25
  • LOSSES 0
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 16

Weight 140 lbs (63.64 kg)

Height 5'10" (1.78 m)

Reach 71" (180 cm)

  • Born

    May 18, 1995
  • Age

    25
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    San Antonio, TX
  • Trains in

    San Antonio, TX
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    125
  • KO Percentage

    64%
  • Boxing Hero

Fighter data provided by BoxRec Ltd. View disclaimer

Bio

Mario Barrios Bio

Mario Barrios is one of the best young fighters in boxing today. Under the guidance of respected trainer Virgil Hill, Barrios has become a world super lightweight champion. The sky is the limit for this multi-talented Texan.

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT

Mario Barrios began boxing at the age of six when his mother, Isabel Soto, took him and his sister Selina to the gym. 

“I watched boxing with my father. I remember watching Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard, all the great fighters,” said Isabel, who, with her husband, Martin, raised Barrios, older sister Selina (26) and their two younger siblings, Vanessa (17) and Valencia (15).

“I watched Christy Martin and thought, ‘I want to do that.’ I wanted to be a boxer. The problem was that I lived in Wisconsin and there were no opportunities for me to box there. Then, when I moved to San Antonio and had Mario and saw how big boxing was here, I looked for a gym and my husband (Barrios’ stepfather, Martin Soto) and I signed him up.”

Isabel took Barrios and Selina, then an 8-year-old, to the Eastside Boys and Girls Club in San Antonio, Texas. As they matured, Martin trained them as adults. Selina set the pace, winning every tournament she entered and being the better of the siblings until they were teenagers. 

Entering his high school freshman year, Barrios stood just 5-foot-5 and had won a few boxing tournaments punctuated by the national PAL tournament as a 95- pound ninth-grader. 

“It’s then that I started to realize I was pretty good at this,” said Barrios, who was a spindly 5-foot-7 high school senior, idolized past champions Oscar De La Hoya, Tommy Hearns and Salvador Sanchez as a youth and respects contemporaries such as Terrance Crawford and Gennady Golovkin.

“By the time I was a senior, I was 5-7, fighting at 123, even though I was always lighter than that, more like 116, 117. It’s funny, because no one believed I was a boxer because of my build. But each year I grew an inch. I might still be growing. A lot of people I went to grade and high school with freak out when they see how tall I’ve become and where my career is.”

THE AZTEC WARRIOR

An 18-year-old Barrios ignited his career at 122 ¼ pounds on November 11, 2013, his 99-second stoppage of Rigoberto Moreno taking place before his hometown San Antonio fans at Cowboys Dance Hall.

The debut generated the kind of adulation sought for the young man nicknamed “El Azteca” with almost two-thirds of San Antonio’s residents having Hispanic if not proud Mexican heritage.“San Antonio has a huge Mexican population,” said Mario Serrano, Barrios’ publicist. “San Antonio has had only a few world champions. Only James Leija and a few others were really big. I think Mario is more talented than them. I think he can be really big in this city.”

Barrios concurs.

“Even when I was a kid I was intrigued by my heritage, my culture. I remember when I was in elementary school,” said Barrios. “I was reading books on the Aztec Empire, the civilization and the indigenous people in America. That’s my background and I’m proud of it. I want to represent my people, represent my city. It’s going to be a great honor to bring a world title home.

Barrios went 6-0 with a pair of first-round knockouts in 2014, his final three victories -- between 125 ¼ and 127 ¾ pounds -- being stoppages of Salvador Perez (July) and Abraham Rubio (October) and a four-round unanimous decision over Juan Sandoval (November).

“El Azteca” stepped up his weight, pace and competition in 2015, campaigning from 128-to-131 ¾ pounds, finishing five of seven fights by stoppage and facing six opponents who boasted winning records. 

Barrios finished 2015 by returning to San Antonio’s AT&T Center as a 130-pounder on December 12, his sixth-round knockout of hard-hitting Manuel  Vides (18-4, 11 KOs coming in) improving his mark to 13-0 with eight KOs.

Barrios rose to 16-0 with 10 stoppages in 2016 following three bouts contested while weighing 135 ½, 130 and 136 ½, respectively. Comprising the wins were  those in eight and 12 rounds over sixty fight veteran Edgar Gabejan (April) and former European champion Devis Boschiero (July) as well as a second-round knockout of Claudio Rosendo Tapia (December). 

Barrios drained and weakened himself to make 130-pounds against Boschiero. But starting with Tapia, he has been powerfully demonstrative at 9--0 with eight knockouts  in as many consecutive 140-pound fights under under 2013 BWAA Trainer of the Year, Virgil Hunter, ending with September’s unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Russian knockout artist Batyr Akhmedov for the WBA’s vacant title. 

“My fight [at 130 against Devis Boschiero] was very difficult and in the later rounds I didn’t have the power in my legs. That convinced me that I couldn’t fight at 130 anymore. I feel good at 140; super strong and ready to do something in this weight class,” said Barrios. 

“I’m growing more and more as a fighter and ready to show everyone some things I haven’t shown before. I’m growing more and more and more as a fighter and ready to show everyone [at 140] some things I haven’t shown before. ...I might be the boogeyman of the [140-pound] division.”

Barrios vs. Velasco: May 11, 2019 (PBC on FOX)

THE CHAMPIONSHIP RUN

Barrios was 20-0 with 12 knockouts after halting all three opponents in 2017 consisting of a sixth-round stoppage of Yardley Armenta Cruz (March) and consecutive seventh-round knockouts of Jose Luis Rodriguez (June) and Naim Nelson (September).

“I’ve naturally filled out into this weight class. I’ve seen a huge improvement since moving to 140 and working with Virgil, especially in my boxing IQ. I’m absorbing as much knowledge and insight as I can. There are subtle changes like using my jab properly,” said Barrios.

“Working with Virgil has helped me grow intellectually and physically. We’re making significant progress as my strength and power have carried up. I’m fighting at that world championship level. I don’t go looking for knockouts, but I’ve been setting up good punches, dominating every fight and ending them early.”

That domination continued in March 2018 as Barrios returned to San Antonio, where he flattened Eudy Bernardo in the second round at Freeman Coliseum on the undercard of four-division champion Mikey Garcia’s one-knockdown, unanimous decision that dethroned 140-pound titleholder Sergey Lipinets.

Barrios improved to 4-0 with three knockouts in San Antonio against Bernardo, who entered at 23-2 (17 KOs) and had scored consecutive first-round knockouts. “El Azteca’s” 2018 followup was July’s two-knockdown eighth-round stoppage of Jose Roman, who entered their bout at 24-2-1 (16 KOs) and was knocked out for the first time in his career.

It was more of the same in 2019 with consecutive fourth- and second-round knockouts of Richard Zamora (February) and Juan Jose Velasco (June) preceding his crowning achievement against Akhmedov. 

Zamora entered at 19-2 with 11 knockouts and had stopped two of three straight opponents in the first round and the other in the third. Velasco, whom Barrios stopped with a sensational left hook to the liver, was coming off an eighth-round TKO loss to former WBA titlist Regis Prograis.

Barrios then dropped Akhmedov (7-1, 6 KOs) in the first round of an action-packed, close unanimous decision victory, ending the loser’s run of four straight stoppage wins. 

"I knew this was going to be a war. [Akmedov] was getting dirty in there but the Mexican warrior in me was not going to let this opportunity pass me by. I dug deep and got the victory,” said Barrios of Akhmedov, a fight that happened on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr’s split decision over Shawn Porter in defense of his IBF/WBC 147-pound titles. 

“I wanna show I’m a complete fighter, not just a boxer or a puncher, but all-around. I have size, speed, boxing ability and power. I’m not killing myself making 140. I’m strong and looking to stay here for as long as I can. But I believe 147 and 154 are the gold mines of boxing right now where all the champions and big fights are happening. I would be honored to fight any of the champions at 147 in the future.”