Boxing: Mark Barriga ready, confident for world title match

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Dec 01 2018 10:59 AM

LOS ANGELES - Former Philippine Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga (9-0) will get a world title shot Saturday night at the Staples Center at the Deontay Wilder Tyson Fury heavyweight championship pay-per-view.

Barriga will take on Mexican Carlos Lincona (13-0) for the IBF Mini flyweight title.

Barriga, who fought for the Philippines in the 2012 Olympics in London, is 9-0 in his professional career, while Lincona is undefeated in his 13 fights.

The two tipped the scales on Friday afternoon with Barriga weighing in at 103.6 pounds, and Lincona at 104.8 pounds. 

The 25-year-old from Danao, Cebu was in high spirits after the weigh in.

“Sana bigyan tayo ng chance ni God ipanalo. Lahat gagawin natin basta God na bahala sa decision so I pray na safe tayo, wala mangyari sa amin na masama,” he said.

(I hope God gives us a chance to win this. I will do everything and the decision is up to God, so I pray we will be safe, that nothing bad will happen to us.)

Barriga was joined by IBF Junior Bantamweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas and 2016 Olympian Charlton Suarez.

Among those at the event was Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire, who shared some advice with the Filipino mini-flyweight. 

“I told him he just needs to be confident, that he’s here not because he was placed in here, that he put himself in here. So take it, be proud and have the confidence,” said the recently crowned WBA bantamweight champion.

Donaire is familiar with Lincona’s corner. Barriga’s Mexican challenger is coached by former trainer of the year Robert Garcia, under whom Donaire has won several world titles.

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