Barriga braces for Kazakh foe
After posting a resounding 17-7 win against the taller Italian Manuel Cappai on Tuesday night, Filipino boxer Mark Anthony Barriga is now bracing for his fight against Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan on August 4.
Barriga must notch four more victories to claim the very first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines.
“It was a great and exciting match but this is only his first match,” Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson told The Manila Times in a telephone interview. “We are expecting every fight to become harder.”
Although it was only his first match, Barriga, 19, fought very well thrashing the Italian and advancing to the Round of 16. ......read full story....