Mario Barrios Talks Moving Up To
Super Lightweight, Career & More
In preparation for his upcoming fight this Saturday at the
Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, undefeated
super-lightweight prospect, Mario Barrios (17-0, 9 KOs)
talks about moving up in weight, and the status of his
career. Barrios will face Mexico's Yardley Suarez (20-6, 11
KOs) in an eight-round bout, in only his second fight at
How is the transition from super-featherweight to
super-lightweight coming along?
"With the move to super-lightweight, my body feels a lot
stronger. I'm still growing, so making super-featherweight
was just getting to difficult. Fighting at 140 pounds seems
to be the best option for me right now in my career.
Eventually I'll be moving up to welterweight at some point."
What can you tell us about your upcoming opponent, Yardley
"I don't know much about him except that he's a tough
fighter from Mexico with a winning record. He's a right
hander who's been in the ring with some good opposition. I
know he's coming to fight so I'm not taking him lightly."
Can you talk about fighting in New York at the Barclays
"This will be my second time fighting out there. The fans
are great and it's a beautiful venue. The Barclays Center
seems to have taken over the Madison Square Garden as the
new boxing arena. As a kid, you always dream of fighting in
a major city like New York. I'm just glad I'm able to start
building a fan base here. I'm excepting a live crowd to be
in attendance with the Thurman vs. Garcia fight taking place
in the main event, and that has me excited."
Talk about training with your new coach, Virgil Hunter, and
what you like about him?
"In addition to Virgil being a great motivator, he also
brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the table. I'm
soaking up all everything that he's teaching me. One thing
about Virgil, he'll let you know exactly how he feels. I
love that he's a no-nonsense type of guy. We are working
really good together and I'm happy that he's in my corner."
Do you feel you need a few more fights at super-lightweight
before you start fighting the contenders in the division?
"This will only be my second fight at super-lightweight, so
I feel after a few more bouts, I'll be ready to step up to
the top contenders. I'm still getting used to the weight
change, but like I said, I feel strong, and I'm getting