Now training at Wild Card, Mercito Gesta hopes to finally get world title
Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta with Freddie Roach (Photo courtesy of Mercito Gesta on Twitter)
After over a year on the shelf, Filipino lightweight boxer Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta is set to make his in-ring return this coming April.
The 29-year old Cebuano opted to go for shoulder surgery, keeping him out of action for all of 2016. With his shoulder ready to go, Gesta returns to the ring on April 1st against Mexican Gilberto Gonzales at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"It's always exciting coming back from a lay off for a long time. Hopefully everything is going to turn good. My shoulder is a lot better. My rehab and I'm just really excited and looking forward to this fight coming up." Gesta told ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles.
This time around, 'No Mercy' has taken his camp to the legendary Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, under the tutelage of champion coach Freddie Roach.
"Freddie has experience, he's been working with a lot of good fighters. I know he can add a lot of technique or skills in the fight if I'm going to use him."
Gesta began coming into the Wild Card Gym as a sparring partner, until eventually deciding to train there full time late in 2016.
Having been a win away from a world title back in 2012, Gesta hopes that training with the best can eventually bring him to the top of the mountain.
"Were really looking forward to having a good relation with Freddie and maybe some day for a title fight," Gesta said. "I'm happy. Everyone is happy on my team and I'm just excited right now, that I'm training with Freddie."
with a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News