Boxing: Mark Barriga loses in world-title challenge

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2022 02:50 PM | Updated as of Jun 25 2022 05:57 PM

(UPDATED) Mark Anthony Barriga of the Philippines lost via unanimous decision to Puerto Rico's Jonathan Gonzalez in their WBO junior flyweight title fight in Florida on Saturday (Manila time).

Barriga, a former Olympian, hoped to cap his comeback attempt with a victory at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee but couldn't overcome his more experienced opponent.

Barriga was able to put up a fight against Gonzalez in the early and middle rounds, causing a cut in the left cheekbone and a swelling in the right eye of the Puerto Rican.

But the Filipino began to fade in the latter rounds where Gonzalez pressed the action.

In the end, two of the judges saw it 117-111 and the other one had it 115-113 all in favor of Gonzalez.

The loss was Barriga's second title fight defeat. He fell to 11-2 (2 KOs). 

The Filipino thanked his supporters after the bout.

"Thank you so much sa lahat ng Pilipinong sumusuporta sa atin. ginawa nating lahat hindi tayo nagkulang sa ibabaw ng ring. Ganoon talaga ang boxing, may nananalo at natatalo," he said in a Facebook video.

He underwent a mandatory medical exam following the fight.

"Medyo nagkaproblema lang sa rounds kasi marami akong tama sa ulo. Hindi sa suntok kundi sa headbutt. Medyo bingi din ako di makarining masyado, kamay ko medyo maga rin, marami akong sugat dito (sa ulo) mga apat-tatlo. Kaya kailangan kong magpa-check up," said Barriga.