Boxing: Ex-Olympian Barriga downs Thai foe to win international crown


Posted at Sep 30 2017 06:10 PM

Mark Anthony Barriga while fighting Wittawas Bassapean. Courtesy of Jerwin Ancajas' Facebook

Former Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga nabbed his 7th career victory with a clinical performance against Thailand's Wittawas Basapean to claim the vacant World Boxing Organization international minimumweight belt in the main event of a Beijing fight card co-promoted by Many Pacquiao.

According to, the 2012 London Olympian outclassed the Thai fighter to secure a unanimous decision win at Heyuan Royal Garden Hotel on Friday night.

Barriga is co-promoted by world junior bantamweight champion and fellow Panabo city native Jerwin Ancajas, who served as one of Barriga's cornermen in Beijing.

Barriga now has a clean professional sheet of 7-0. 

Ronnie Baldonado also scored an impressive win in the same card.

Baldonado, of Carmen town in Cotobato, punished Iwan Zoda of Indonesia with brutal body shots throughout the match. 

In the 6th round, the Indonesian could take no more and stayed down on the canvass after being tagged with a shot to the rib.

With the win, Baldonado retained his WBO interim Oriental flyweight belt.

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