Mercito Gesta makes no excuses concerning his loss to Jorge Linares on January 27. The Filipino-American is satisfied the combat will make him a greater fighter in the long term.
That stays to be seen. In the short-term, Gesta must take of enterprise tonight when he faces Robert Manzanarez on the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The 10-round light-weight bout will air dwell on ESPN (eight:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT).
At Thursday’s weigh-in, each fighters tipped the size at 134.eight kilos.
Gesta (31-2-2, 21 knockouts), a southpaw from the Philippines who resides within the San Diego space, noticed his six-bout unbeaten streak finish with the loss to Linares. Gesta was compelled to get again within the gymnasium after spending time after the Linares combat in Hawaii on his honeymoon together with his newly-married spouse.
“I was really motivated to get back in the ring after the Linares fight,” Gesta instructed THE RING earlier this week. “I really got going in early April when the fight was close to being announced.”
Gesta, who’s educated by Freddie Roach, self-assessed himself after the Linares combat, the place sure changes wanted to be addressed.
“I learned a lot in the Linares fight,” mentioned Gesta, who’s at present not ranked by any of the foremost sanctioning our bodies. “I could take a punch from Linares, who is one of the best lightweights in boxing. The fight gave me greater confidence and that I belong in the category of contender. Losing to Linares is part of the game, but I accept it and I know I’ll bounce back.”
Gesta will face a fighter in Manzanarez (36-1, 29 KOs), who himself has put collectively a powerful streak of victories. Manzanarez has gained his final 15 bouts and now lives and trains within the Phoenix space.
Gesta, who will likely be at a big peak and attain drawback, believes a loss towards Manzanarez will finish any considered not solely successful however preventing for a world title belt.
“I know Manzanarez is not an easy opponent to prepare for. He has height, reach, but the scary thing is he’s hungry. I have to be more careful because he knows how to get inside. I don’t even look at Roberto Manzanarez as a stepping stone.”
In the opening ‘GBP on ESPN’ bout, featherweights Edgar Valerio and Manny Robles III will sq. off in a highly-anticipated 10 spherical bout.
The conflict of unbeaten Southern California fighters may produce fireworkds early on within the combat. Valerio (13-Zero, eight KOs) has stopped 4 of his final 5 bouts whereas Robles (15-Zero, 7 KOs) has knocked out his final three opponents.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and FightNights.com. He will be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing
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