FILIPINO amateur boxer Mark Barriga has expressed his willingness to avenge his heartbreaking loss last Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics. Barriga was ahead 10-8 after two rounds, before two controversial deductions late in the third and final round gave his Kazakhstani opponent, Birzhan Zhakypov, the victory by one point, 17-16.
In his live interview on State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, Barriga confirmed that he plans to return to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“Pwede pa po ako. Kasi I think hanggang 32 ang olympics sa boxing. Nineteen pa ko so sa susunod na Olympcs, 23 na ko nun so kailangan nalang namin maglaro nalang sa qualifying. Pag nag-qualify, laro ulit sa Olympics,” said Barriga.