Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mark Anthony Barriga Expects Tough Bout With Zhakypov

By Ronnie Nathaniesz

Light flyweight medal hopeful Mark Anthony Barriga knows he needs to be at his best to beat Kazakhstan’s 28 year old Birzhan Zhakypov when they clash for a quarter finals berth at the London Olympics boxing competition held in the ExCel Arena on Saturday.

The bout will be telecast “live” by AKTV IBC 13 at 8:45 p.m.

Barriga sparred with the Kazakh fighter two or three times at the Asian Qualifying tournament where the Filipino didn’t compete because he had already qualified for the Olympics.

He said they had “very exciting sparring sessions” even as Barriga bloodied Zhakypov’s nose during one exchange.

However, Barriga was quick to point out that it was “no indication I will have an easy time” in Saturday’s round of 16 battle.

The 19 year old had declined to be interviewed by the media after his win over Manuel Cappai in his opening bout on Tuesday and issued a statement explaining his actions.

He said “please forgive me for not giving you an interview. I was shocked at the sudden attention after only my first victory. There is a long way to go before we win a medal. Tough opponents are waiting for me that is why I don’t wish to celebrate just yet. I want to focus on training.”

Barriga said “we are studying the tape of my Kazakhstan opponent. I believe it will be a good fight because we sparred before and he is good and strong. He greeted me before my fight against the Italian. He told me I could beat him and I told him he too could beat the Italian.”

The diminutive Filipino said “when we fight it will be a war. He is kind but when we meet I will do everything possible to win.”

While apologizing for his failure to grant an interview Barriga said he will “do everything to make us all happy in the boxing event at the Olympics. I hope my countrymen will pray for me, especially Sir MVP (Manny Pangilinan) Sir (Ricky) Vargas and all those who greeted and prayed for me in the Philippines as well as the Filipinos in London and Cardiff who were so kind to me. Thank you.”

Barriga will continue his quest for a medal which the Philippines last won in Atalanta in 1996 when Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco won a silver medal also in the light flyweight division but he will do so in the midst of allegations of “fixed” results, the overturning of a decision by AIBA and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis expressing concern over the fairness of the judging.

France’s light flyweight Jeremy Beccu who dropped a controversial 17-18 decision to Kazakhstan’s Birzhan Zhakypov has cried foul.

Beccu couldn’t hold back the tears as he spoke to the media after his heartbreaking loss to Zhakypov on Tuesday, Manila Time.

Beccu said “Its really unfair. I should have won. Nobody can convince me otherwise.

The 21 year old Frenchman was leading by one point going into the third and final round before losing by a point in the final tally by the judges.

Beccu lamented, “I don’t understand it. The first round was given 6-6 and I clearly won it.”

Beccu blasted the AIBA appointed boxing judges saying “I knew I also had to fight against the judges.”

Reports from the ExCel Arena said Zhakypov looked as he had accepted defeat as he stood wiping his eyes awaiting the scores.

Beccu stood in the center of the ring with his hands on his hips after the decision.

The French coach Jean Savarino was seething over the decision. He said “I’m angry, the decision is not fair. However, the result is there, its just another injustice.”

Tags: Amateur Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Titing Kabayo on 08-04-2012

If we are going to write articles about all olympic boxers, then this forum will become a trash can.

Comment by richardt on 08-02-2012

Mark Anthony - yeah, that dude can sing! Box too I guess. LOL.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Chavez Jr: My Passion For Boxing is Back, I'm Doing Things Right Deontay Wilder-Gerald Washington: Pre-Fight Report Card Mayweather: Only One Fight That's Important - Me vs. McGregor! Daily Bread Mailbag: Pacquiao-Khan, Broner, Ward, Spence-Brook Gavin McDonnell is Confident That He Will Stun Rey Vargas Bellew: Haye Carries The Sport in Bad Way - a Disgrace To Boxing! Joshua Believes He Will KO Klitschko, Hopes Ref Doesn't Stop It Izu Ugonoh is Unlike Any Polish Heavyweight You've Ever Seen De La Hoya: Mayweather-McGregor is a Disrespect To Boxing! Chavez Sr: The Bet Between My Son and Canelo is Now OFF! Bute: Alvarez Caught Me With a Good Punch, He Deserved To Win Should More Fighters Bet Their Purse? Saul Rodriguez: I'm Pretty Happy With My Performance Rodriguez KO's Narvaez: Antonio Vargas, Teofimo Lopez Win Canelo: Chavez Jr. Did Not Take Advantage of Being Chavez's Son Justin DeLoach KO's Pearson: Saul Rodriguez Survives Big Scare Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in Los Angeles Eleider Alvarez Stops Lucian Bute in Five, Earns Stevenson Shot Kavaliauskas Will Return on Lomachenko vs. Sosa Card Deontay Wilder: Titles Aside - I'm The Man To Beat at Heavyweight! Thurman on Angel: Boxing Doesn't Have Time for That Clown Act Glazkov is Planning To Return To The Ring in The Summer Jay Harris Outpoints Essomba, Wins Commonwealth Gold Cecilia Braekhus Dominates Klara Svensson To Retain Belts Terence Crawford Could Fight Granados Next Instead of Felix Diaz Photos: Hurd-Harrison, Breazeale-Ugonoh - Official Weigh-In Photos: Deontay Wilder vs. Gerald Washington - Official Weigh-In Harley Benn, Son Of Nigel, Wins His Pro Debut At York Hall De La Hoya: Canelo Fight is There - Golovkin Has To Accept Deal! Wilder Weighs in at 222 Pounds; Washington Weighs 239 Mairis Briedis vs. Marco Huck Lands on BoxNation Luis Ortiz vs. Dillian Whyte Could Be Possible, Says Eddie Hearn Dylan Price Inks Pact With Mayweather Promotions Gerald Washington: I Definitely Won My Fight Against Mansour! Frank Warren: Hughie Fury Has Signed Joseph Parker Deal Photos: Gavin McDonnell, Rey Vargas Ready For Title Battle Canelo Certain That His Right Thumb Injury No Longer An Issue Martin Murray vs. Gabriel Rosado Set, April 22 In Liverpool Wilder Anxious To Test Repaired Right Hand on 'A Human Skull' Chavez Still Wants To Fight Golovkin; 'I Think I Can Beat Him'
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement