Former Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga banked on his superb technical skills to beat compatriot Joel Taduran via unanimous decision on Saturday night in a non-title minimum weight boxing fight at the Sablayan Sports Complex in Sablayan, Mindoro Occidental.
The 24-year-old boxer from Panabo, Davao del Norte used his accurate jabs in defeating his younger opponent from Valenzuela City to get the nod of the three judges,100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.
“It was a tough fight because I’m really avoiding his punches through proper counter-punching,” Barriga, who debuted in professional boxing only last July 30, told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “He was on the attack mode all the time.”
Although he failed to score another technical knockout win, Barriga said he is still satisfied with his overall performance.
“I didn’t knock him out but I believe I hurt him in most rounds. I just concentrated on movements and how to hit him accurately, which I did.”
Barriga, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, is now hoping for a bigger fight in the future.
“I’m hoping to get a world title shot or even a regional title fight for my next bout,” Barriga added. “I’m always prepared if there’s an opportunity, but it is up to my trainer Joven Jimenez what’s next for my career.”
Barriga, who is undefeated in six fights, scored his first technical knockout win last June 4 against fellow Filipino Marlou Sandoval in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.
Tadura, 23, dropped to 8-7-1 win-loss-draw record with two knockouts.
JOSEF T. RAMOS