From the first round it was clear that Barriga was several levels above the Colombian, who had fought for a world title only a year ago and it never really changed as Barriga controlled round after round with his excellent movement, counter punching. The Colombian struggled to ever connect cleanly and instead he was being tagged by regular counters, jabs and combinations.
The one saving grace for Mendoza was his toughness, and despite being stung a few times he never looked like he was going to be stopped. It was possible that Mendoza's survival had a lot to do with Barriga's relative lack of power, but it scarcely mattered with the Colombian looking gun shy for the most part, knowing that he was going to be tagged as and when he let his own hands go. With Mendoza throwing less as the bout went on Barriga went on the offensive more, and left Mendoza with a swollen right eye.
At the end of the contest there was no doubting the winner, with Barriga taking the decisions thanks to scores of 120-108, twice, and 119-109, with one judge managing to find a sympathy round for Mendoza.
With this win Barriga will likely face either Hiroto Kyoguchi or Vince Paras, who fight later this month in an IBF world title fight.
On the under-card of the show, which was an incredibly long one, fans saw former WBO Super Flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (21-1-1, 15) out point Arief Blader (23-28-2, 8) in what was a dreary performance from both men, Genesis Servania (31-1, 14) score a stoppage over Jason Butar Butar (27-24-1, 18), with a brutal body shot, a wide US win for AJ Banal (36-2-1, 23), who easily out pointed Master Suro (12-14-1, 2) in what was a dire bout.