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New opponent as Mark Anthony Barriga faces Gabriel Mendoza in eliminator

Mark Anthony Barriga. Photo by Ryan Songalia
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Mark Anthony Barriga has a new fight date and opponent, and potentially another organization that will sanction him for a world title eliminator.

The unbeaten Filipino prospect will face Colombia’s Gabriel Mendoza on April 29 at the Solaire Resort in Pasay City, Philippines, matchmaker Sean Gibbons confirmed to RingTV.com. The fight has already been sanctioned as an elimination bout for the number one ranking in the strawweight division with the IBF, and the WBO may also be sanction it for an eliminator as well, Gibbons says.

“He wins the fight, we’re looking to be number one in two organizations,” said Gibbons, who was at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. to watch his fighter Jose Uzcategui stop Andre Dirrell Saturday night to win the interim IBF super middleweight title.



Barriga (8-0, 1 knockout), a 2012 Olympian, had originally been slated to face former IBF strawweight titleholder Jose Argumedo before the fight fell through. Now the 24-year-old from Panabo City, Philippines will face Mendoza (29-5-2, 23 KOs), a 38-year-old who had fought Argumedo and Alberto Rossel in losing efforts.

“He’s a veteran and Mark is new on title fights. Big test for Mark,” said Barriga’s trainer Joven Jimenez, who adds that the fight will be shown live in the Philippines on ESPN 5 with former title challenger AJ Banal possible for the co-main event.

(READ: Mark Anthony Barriga: A short guy with huge possibilities)

Gibbons also divulged that he’s “very close to finalizing” Jerwin Ancajas’ IBF junior bantamweight title defense against compatriot Jonas Sultan for the April 14 card headlined by WBO welterweight titleholder Jeff Horn versus Terence Crawford.

“I was at first taken back about two Filipinos but it was pretty exciting, a lot of buzz for it,” said Gibbons of the fight, which will be the first Filipino versus Filipino world title fight since 1925.

It’s a style matchup which Gibbons thinks will make his fighter look good in the end.

“Jonas is a tough guy; tough guys get broke down, beaten up and stopped by Jerwin Ancajas,” said Gibbons.

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