BARRIGA WINS AGAIN; FRANCISCO BOUNCES BACK

Mark Anthony “Da Baby Boy” Barriga 

FORMER London Olympian Mark Anthony “Da Baby Boy” Barriga of Panabo City, Davao del Norte remained undefeated after scoring a convincing unanimous decision against former Luzproba flyweight champion Geboi Mansalayao in their 8-rounder last Saturday night at the Makati Cinema Square Arena in Makati City.

The 23-year old southpaw used his left-right combinations against Mansalayao to score his fourth straight win against no loss or draw. Mansalayao, a native of Malita, Davao del Sur suffered his 25th loss against 10 wins and 5 draws.

“Nilaro niya sa labas at binugbog sa simula pa lamang ng laban ni Barriga si Geboi,” said Barrigas’ manager-trainer Joven Jimenez in a text message.

Barriga previously won only by a technical decision in the fifth round against Rodel Kirk Pelenio last December 2 at the Mandaue City Sportss and Cultural Complex in Mandaue, Cebu.

Barriga suffered a nasty cut on his right eye due to an accidental headbutt forcing referee Tony Pesons to stop the fight in the 5th round.

Meanwhile, former Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco is now back into his winning form after beating Matero “Waray Warrior” Handig by a unanimous decision in the main event of the “

Francisco landed his quick left and right jab and straight punches to bounce back from a previous UD loss from the hands of former world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in their battle for the vacant WBC International Silver super bantamweight title last November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Francisco, a former interim WBA World super flyweight champion and interim IBF Pan Pacific super bantamweight champion from Mindoro, improved his record to 29 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw and 22 knockouts.

Handig, a former IBF Pan Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight champion from Catarman, Northern Samar dropped to 13-13-0, 7 KOs.

The other fights saw lightweight Junar Adante won by a 6th round technical knockout against Joepher Montano while Daniel Lim beat newcomer Janie Canoy by UD in a 4-rounder.

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