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Mark Barriga loses WBO title combat to Puerto Rican champ

Jonathan Gonzalez

Jonathan Gonzalez of Puerto Rico celebrates after efficiently defending his WBO gentle flyweight title towards Mark Anthony Barriga of the Philippines in Florida. Photograph from WBO

MANILA, Philippines—Mark Anthony Barriga’s second shot at a world title ended identical to his first.

The Filipino challenger failed to assert the WBO gentle flyweight belt after dropping to Puerto Rican champion Jonathan Gonzalez on factors Saturday at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, USA.

Barriga slowed down because the combat wore on whereas Gonzalez used an efficient jab to work his means inside and impose his will.

The judges scored the bout, which served as the principle occasion 115-113, 117-111, 117-111.

The 29-year-old Barriga, who competed on the London Olympics in 2012, absorbed the second lack of his profession to go along with his 11 wins.

His different defeat got here by the hands of Carlos Licona for the vacant IBF crown in December 2018.

Gonzalez, in the meantime, defended his title for the primary time and picked up his fourth straight victory to enhance his document to 26-3 with 14 knockouts.

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