Mario Barrios: The Making of a World Champion

Original Article: Premier Boxing Champions

By Bob Velin

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Undefeated super lightweight contender takes another step towards a world title shot when he faces Richard Zamora this Saturday night on Showtime.

“140 pounds is in our sights right now,” Barrios says. “I’m gunning for all the champions. It’s only a matter of time before I outgrow the division.”

Hunter feels his charge might need a bit more seasoning before stepping up to that level.

“I definitely feel like he can be a world champion. He’s about a year out,” Hunter says. “He’s getting the good quality fights, he’s getting great sparring in camp, and like I said, he adapts very well. He has a good amateur background and he’s hungry. He wants to be a world champion, so all the ingredients it takes to be a world champion, he possesses.”

One of those ingredients is a desire to keep his body healthy and strong. So while Barrios may eschew snacks, he can’t get enough of SNAC. That’s the acronym for Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning, the company run by Victor Conte and Remi Korchemny, a longtime trainer of elite athletes.

“Korchemny has gotten me in the best shape of my life,” Barrios says. “I’ve been working side by side with Mikey Garcia (who seeks a title in a fifth weight class against welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. on March 16) and the type of training we are getting is like no other place on earth.”