MANILA, Philippines – Filipino amateur boxer Marc Anthony Barriga fought a smart fight against his Russian foe to run away with the gold medal in the Sydney Jackson Memorial Tournament in Uzbekistan.
Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz reported that the 18-year-old Barriga, who will represent the Philippines in the 2012 London Olympics, outhustled Russia’s David Ayrapetyan in the third round of the light flyweight finals.
The two boxers were tied in the first (3-3) and second (6-6) rounds, but Barriga was able to hammer out a 10-9 verdict after the third.
Barriga wisely employed side-step movements and scored on accurate counterpunches when Ayrapetyan tried to turn the fight into a slugfest.
Just like Barriga, Ayrapetyan is also assured of a spot in the Olympics.
The two are likely to face again in London.
Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) Executive Director Ed Picson was pleased with Barriga’s win.
“It was a great fight between two determined and smart fighters. It would be nice to see how the two would fare in London and if they can have another showdown in the finals. It will surely be entertaining and exciting," he said.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Ian Clark Bautista took home the bronze medal in the flyweight division.