Filipino boxer Mark Barriga falls short of world title
MANILA, Philippines – Not even a 12th-round masterclass could propel Mark Barriga into becoming the next Filipino world champion after falling short of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight title.
Barriga absorbed a split decision loss to Mexican-American Carlos Licona in their world title bout for the vacant IBF belt at the Staples Arena in Los Angeles, USA on Saturday, December 1 (Sunday, December 2, Manila time).
Two judges scored the fight 115-113 for Licona and the third judge gave it 115-113 for Barriga.
The former Olympian took control of the 12th and final round as he landed pinpoint left-hand counters on the aggressive Licona but it wasn't enough for him to clinch a world title in his first try and keep his record spotless.
Barriga, 25, saw his record fall to 9-1 (1 knockout) while Licona remained undefeated at 14-0 (2 KOs). – Rappler.com