Boxing: Mercito Gesta back on winning track, captures WBO NABO title
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 15, 2018 10:55 AM
(Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles on Twitter)
US-based Cebuano boxer Mercito 'No Mercy' Gesta is back to his winning ways, defeating Robert Manzanarez via Majority Decision to capture the WBO NABO Lightweight Championship at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, Thursday evening.
The 30-year old Mandaue native bounces back from a world title bout loss to Jorge Linares back in January.
Cornered by legendary trainer Freddie Roach, Gesta outboxed the taller Manzanarez throughout ten rounds, closing the distance and landing the harder blows.
Solid round 5 by Gesta pic.twitter.com/tuEautDQDD— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) June 15, 2018
After ten rounds, two of the three judges scored the bout 96-94 in favor of Gesta, while the third scored it as a 95-95 draw, giving the Pinoy the Majority Decision win and the WBO NABO title.
Gesta has now won four of his last five bouts as he improves to 32-2-2 in his professional career.