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    Mark Barriga drops heartbreaking split decision in first shot at world title

    Dec 2, 2018
    PHOTO: Jhay Otamias

    MARK Barriga fell short in his first-ever shot at a world tile, losing via split decision to Carlos Licona in their fight for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight title on Sunday.

    The Filipino Olympian lost by scores of 115-113 in the eyes of two judges even as one judge gave him the nod, 113-115, in one of the featured undercards in the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury heavyweight championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

    The loss was the first in the pro career of the 25-year-old Barriga, who failed to give the Survival Camp stable another world champion after reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title holder Jerwin Ancajas.

    He fell to a 9-1 record (1 knockout).

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      Barriga was a decorated amateur boxer who won a gold medal in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games and bronze winner in the 2014 Asian Games. He was the country’s lone boxing representative in the 2012 London Olympics.

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      The 23-year-old Licona, an American of Mexican descent, remained unbeaten with a 14-0 record (2 KOs).

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