Five years after first shot, Pinoy boxer Mercito Gesta gets another chance at world championship gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 12, 2017 04:50 PM
(Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles on Twitter: @StevieAngeles)
Five years after his first crack at a world championship, Filipino boxer Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta gets another chance at world championship gold to kick off 2018 as he challenges Venezuelan Jorge Linares on January 27th.
On the line will be Linares’ WBA, WBC Diamond, and Ring Magazine lightweight titles.
“I miss that feeling of being there fighting, knowing I’m going to fight for a title.” Gesta told ABS-CBN’s Steve Angeles. “That’s every fighter’s dream and I just feel like I need to do a lot more work to get that. This is my second chance for a title, and I just want to give my all for that fight.
It was back in 2012 when Gesta first challenged for a world title, taking on Miguel Vasquez for the IBF lightweight strap.
While it resulted in Gesta’s lone professional loss, the Mandaue-born boxer says that it was a learning experience for him.
“I learned a lot after that loss, that title fight, sa experience at tsaka sa boxing style.” said Gesta. “Dahil dun nagkaroon kami paraan kung paano lalabanan, kung some day yung kalaban kagaya ng style niya, so pinag-aralan namin yun at tsaka I think natuto talaga ako.”
Gesta added that the loss to Vasquez bore lessons for him, even outside the boxing ring.
“Siguro kung hindi dahil dun, hindi ako mag-aadvance, dahil dun marami kaming pinag-aralan, sa buhay din, learning to accept defeat.”
A lot of time has passed since then, and a lot of things have changed as well. His shoulder is at 100 percent, and he’s made the switch from Top Rank to Golden Boy Promotions.
Arguably the biggest change however, is that he’s now working with hall-of-fame boxing coach Freddie Roach.
“I like his personality and he’s a good trainer.” Gesta said of Roach. “Marami siyang naitulong, marami siyang na-enchance sa boxing skills ko, kaya I’m glad we chose Freddie for this fight.”
Gesta is coming off a unanimous decision win over Gilberto Gonzales and a KO win over Martin Honorio in 2017.
Gesta challenges Linares for the title at the Forum in Inglewood, California on January 27th, 2018.
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News