Mark Anthony Bariga gets the second shot of the world title

File - Mark Anthony Bariga.

File – Mark Anthony Bariga.

MANILA, Philippines – Mark Anthony Barriga will get another crack at the world title on June 24 when he fights Puerto Rican champion Jonathan Gonzalez in Florida, USA.

Barriga’s latest shot at a major crown comes almost four years after losing his first attempt at a belt.

“I fought the Olympics, for a world title, and was number one in the world, but it’s the most important fight of my career,” Bariga told Bad Left Hook.

“La Bomba is a world champion for a reason. He is a great opponent and it is going to be an exciting fight. “

In December 2018, London Olympian Carlos Licona dropped a split decision for the vacant IBF Mini Flyweight title.

After a sad loss, Bariga went on break before deciding to return last year.

The 28-year-old Bariga (11-1, 2KOs) defeated Junuel Locker in his ring in Mandaue in March 2021 and overtook Ramel Antaran in General Santos City seven months later.

Gonzalez (25-3, 14KOs), meanwhile, is defending his first title since winning the WBO Light Flyweight title last October against Elwin Soto of Mexico.

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