On what was the last weekend of boxing of 2020 and a relatively quiet week of prize fighting in the US. Fight fans were given a late Christmas present on the final televised card of the year. What looked like a simple prospect loaded card filled with mismatches Angel Barrientes vs Travon Lawson was supposed to be just that a chance for the 18-year old Barrientes to score a sensational knockout and get the scalp of an undefeated fighter on his resume. Twin brother Chavez had scored a stoppage victory earlier in the night and the stage was perfectly set for Angel, except Travon Lawson, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was not willing to play the role of overmatched opponent. Instead kept up the pressure and poured on power shots on his way to fourth-round TKO, scored the stunning upset, remained undefeated, and captures our Fighter of the Week award.
Travon Lawson knew he had to get past the jab and rough of his highly skilled opponent and Lawson was game from the opening bell on. Pressuring Barrientes and coming forward. Barrientes had success countering and landing a snappy jab. Lawso nwas doing a good job keeping the first round fairly even, eating some shots from the blue-chip prospect but making him miss with most of his heavy artillery throughout the opening stazna and then landing a left hook and right hand with about 30 ticks left on the opening round letting Barrienties know he was going to be in a scrap. Barrientes carried the rounds two and three of the scheduled 6 rounder with his jab and. However, Lawson was at no point discouraged in the least. The Tuscalasoo native kept coming forward making life uncomfortable for Barrientes and landing a right hand to the body and another left hook at the end of the third. The left hook was the story of the night for Lawson who was landing short ones and coming ever so close with the heavier ones. In the fourth round having established the distance he perfectly timed Barrientes and a massive left hook buckled his opponent just 35 seconds into the fourth that buckled Lawson followed up with 5 right hands that dropped the 18-year-old. Barrientes bravely made it to his feet but his legs were not steady and referee Eddie Hernandez sr. waived the bout off giving Lawson the 4th round TKO and the biggest win of his career. Moving his career record to 4-0 (3)
Whenever there are a pair of 3-0 fighters there is typically one undefeated fighter that is supposed to be the goods and the other that is overmatched and being used for his record. Barrientes was the house fighter, the blue-chipper however Lawson Never looked outclassed and never uncomfortable. Sticking to the game plan perfectly applying pressure roughing up his younger opponent and finally landing the heavy artillery. He proved to be far more than “just an opponent”. Coming into the Barrientes fight Lawson had fought just three times and his opposition combined record stood at just 1-4-1 there was no way to know just how good Lawson was. However, he has certainly earned the chance to fight on another televised PBC card perhaps in a rematch or perhaps against one of the other 122-pound prospects PBC on FOX has highlighted in past months, be it Eros Correra or Henry Arredondo or Shon Mondragon would all be excellent fights to see exactly what we have in the underrated and undefeated Alabamian.