The Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury boxing event took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States on December 1, 2018. On the undercard, Mark Anthony “Da Baby Boy” Barriga, 25, of Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines and Carlos “Mexicanito” Licona, 23, of Westminster, California competed for the vacant International Boxing Federation Minimumweight title.
Barriga was with his coach Joven Jimenez while Licona was with his coach Robert Garcia. Jerry Cantu served as the referee while Tom Carusone, Edward Hernandes Sr. and Esther Lopez were the judges.
After 12 rounds, the IBF Minimumweight Championship boxing contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Cantu raised the hand of Licona, who was declared the winner via split decision.
Carusone scored it 115-113 in favor of Barriga. However, both Hernandez and Lopez scored it 113-115 in favor of Licona.
Aside from becoming the new IBF Minimumweight Champion, Licona also maintained his undefeated record. The Mexican-American contender is the first boxer to defeat Barriga in a professional boxing match.
This is the second time in a row that Licona won a professional boxing match via split decision. Out of his 14 victories, 2 were via split decision, 1 was via technical decision, 2 were via majority decision, 7 were via unanimous decision and 2 were via knockout.
Licona has been competing professionally since 2014. He was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico on March 3, 1995.
By beating Barriga, Licona improved his professional boxing record to 14 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Barriga now has 9 wins and 1 loss.
In the main event, Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury, 30, of Manchester, England, United Kingdom challenged reigning World Boxing Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 33, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. After 12 rounds, the main event ended in a split draw so the WBC World Heavyweight Championship title still belongs to the American defending champion.
Meanwhile, here is a throwback to a short interview with Licona two years ago: