Barriga to challenge for IBF title after UD win over Colombian
MANILA, Philippines – Mark Barriga inched closer to a world title after asserting his mastery over Gabriel Mendoza in a unanimous decision win in the main event of the Survival Instinct: Matira Matibay on Sunday, May 13.
Barriga is now the mandatory challenger for the International Boxing Federation minimumweight title and will face either Japanese champion Hiroto Kyoguchi or Filipino Vince Paras, who will both vie for the belt.
"Da Baby Boy," 14 years younger than his Colombian foe, looked like he was the more experienced fighter as he timed his attacks and left Mendoza punching on air to win by a wide margin of 120-108 on two judges and 119-109 on the other.
Now mandatory challenger for the IBF minimumweight title, Mark Barriga called his team for a photo op to share his unanimous decision triumph over Colombia’s Gabriel Mendoza. #ESPN5LiveBoxing @RapplerSports pic.twitter.com/sC6Q0xcK1H
Now mandatory challenger for the IBF minimumweight title, Mark Barriga called his team for a photo op to share his unanimous decision triumph over Colombia’s Gabriel Mendoza. #ESPN5LiveBoxing @RapplerSports pic.twitter.com/sC6Q0xcK1H— delfin dioquino (@dioquinodelfin) May 13, 2018
Quick on his feet, the 24-year-old evaded Mendoza's flurry throughout and landed clinical blows, including a right hook to the head that sent the 38-year-old tripping in the 12th and final round.
The London Olympian kept his slate spotless with 9 wins and dealt Mendoza, who has 29 wins and 23 knockouts, his 6th loss. – Rappler.com