Junior welterweight prospect Mercito Gesta of Cebu, Philippines will shake out before members of the media in San Diego on Wednesday at the Black House Gym in advance of his clash with Ty Barnett at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Top Rank announced on Tuesday.
Gesta, who is 24, takes a mark of 25-0-1 that includes 13 knockouts into his bout with Barnett (20-2-1, 13 KOs), of Washington, D.C., and is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Oscar Cuero in April.
Gesta received his nickname, “No Mercy,” following his 10th professional bout, a draw with Rey Llagas in November of 2005 that ended due to cuts over Gesta’s eyes from an accidental head butt.
“My team gave it to me. I’m cool with it. I actually started in Muay Thai and kickboxing when I was five or six years old,” said Gesta.
“My dad, Anecito, was a professional in Muay Thai in the Philippines. I saw boxing was more popular, so I went to a gym in Liloan, Cebu, to train. I did pretty well, so my Dad said I could box. I then moved to the U.S. in November, 2006.”
Vince Parra is Gesta’s co-manager and chief trainer who will be on hand for Wednesday’s media gathering and workout.
“Everyone is excited. We will have a lot of media here,” said Parra. “Then we will have an army of fans heading to Las Vegas for the fight.”
Gesta-Barnett is part of Top Rank’s two-night “The Future is Now” promotion at Texas Station. On Saturday, August 4, junior lightweight Diego Magdaleno (22-0, 7 KOs), of Las Vegas, will face Antonio Davis (29-7, 13 KOs), of Atlanta, on Telefutura.
VIDEO DETAILS ROBERT GUERRERO’S DEVOTION TO WIFE, FAMILY
A newly-released video to be shown on Showtime chronicles the life of Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) and his wife, Casey, in advance of Saturday night’s clash with Turkish-born Selcuk Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs), of Hamburg, Germany.
In March of 2010, Guerrero chose to pull out of a scheduled clash with Michael Katsidis in order to be with Casey during her recovery from a bone marrow transplant. Guerrero’s devotion to his wife and family were recognized when he received The Bill Crawford Award for Courage In The Face of Adversity from the Boxing Writers Association of America last year.
In what will be Guerrero’s welterweight debut, the 29-year-old southpaw will be after his 14th-straight victory and his 10th knockout during that run against Aydin in a bout for the WBC’s interim belt at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., near Guerrero’s hometown of Gilroy.
The winner of Guerrero-Aydin will be the mandatory challenger to WBC titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr..
SERGIO MARTINEZ TO BE IN MUSIC VIDEO TO CONDEMN BULLYING
During a press conference a few days prior to his 11th-round knockout victory over Matthew Macklin in March, Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) accepted a late birthday gift from 14-year-old Monique McClain, a girl he has mentored in the wake of her having been bullied by peers.
“I gave him the boxing movie, Real Steel, which is a robot movie. It’s kind of like a family movie. I think that he would enjoy it because he likes comedy,” McClain said at the time of Martinez, who turned 37 in February.
“I gave him a shirt, because when we were in California, we had taken a picture and I put that on the back of the shirt. Right here [on the left side of the chest portion,] I also put a patch of the Argentina flag, where he is from.”
As a result of having taken on the issue of bullying, Martinez has counseled McClain, a developing female boxer from Middletown, Conn.
McClain recently returned to school thanks to Martinez’s encouragement after having quit as a result of abuse from her peers. She attended his triumph over Macklin along with her mother, Alycia, and grandmother, Alexa, who gave Martinez her rosary beads as a gift.
DEONTAY WILDER TO FACE KERTSON MANWELL ON AUG. 4.
Heavyweight prospect Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will pursue his 24th straight knockout in as many victories without a loss on Aug. 4 against Trinindad and Tobago’s Kertson “The Warrior” Manswell (22-5, 17 KOs) at the Mobile Civic Center Arena Expo Hall in Mobile, Ala., Golden Boy Promotions announced on Tuesday.
Manswell has replaced Kelvin Price (13-0, 6 KOs), of Pensacola, Fla., who pulled out of the bout due to a rib injury.
A 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, Wilder’s clash with Manswell will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes starting at 10 p.m. ET, 9 p.m CT and 7 p.m. PT. FUEL TV will televise Wilder-Manwell on Sunday, September 30 at noon ET and 9 a.m. PT.
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