London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga, who vies for the world title on Dec. 1 in Los Angeles, is right on track in his buildup for his shot at stardom.
No less than reigning world champion JerwinAncajas swears that the crafty fighter is not only nearing peak form but moving like a true winner.
“He is simply making us feel very confident about his chances of winning,” said Ancajas in Filipino from their training camp in Magallanes, Cavite.
Another key figure in Barriga’s camp echoed Ancajas’ sentiments.
“His weight is down to about 112 lbs,” said former national amateur team member DelfinBoholst, Barriga’s conditioning coach.
Barriga battles Mexican-American Carlos Licona at the Staples Center for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight crown.
The division limit is 105 lbs and Barriga’s weight is expected to further go down in the final three weeks.
Helping Barriga with his diet is nutritionist JeanethAro, who also works with Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz.
Barriga earned the right to fight for the IBF 105-lb title after beating Gabriel Mendoza of Colombia last May.
Also working with Barriga’s preparation are lead trainer Joven Jimenez and world champion Jerwin Jimenez, who also handles Ancajas.