Former Olympian Mark Barriga said he was frustrated when his opponent in a world-title eliminator backed out of their April bout.
He was lined up to take on former mini flyweight champion Jose Argumedo as ordered by the International Boxing Federation. However, the proposed bout fell out.
"Medyo nadismaya din ako kasi naka-focus na ako sa kanya," said Barriga, who represented the Philippines in the 2012 London Olympics.
But that did not dampen his hopes of getting a title shot as they already secured a date and venue for his next bout.
According to his coach and co-manager Joven Jimenez, Barriga will fight on April 7 at Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila.
Jimenez said all they need is a world-rated opponent.
Barriga, a close friend of world junior bantamweight champion Jwerwin Ancajas, said this is the reason he continues to train.
"Tuloy tuloy pa rin ang training. Kahit nu'ng naghahanda pa si Jerwin, sumasabay na'ko ng ensayo. Hindi po kami nagpapabaya," he said.
A win in the eliminator could land him a shot against IBF mini flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi of Japan.
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