Mercito Gesta training hard for WBO NABO Title Shot Against Roberto Manzanarez
On June, 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs) of Cebu, Philippines will battle Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (35-1, 28 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona for the NABO Lightweight Title in the 10-round main event from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino from Indio, Calif.
ESPN3 will live stream beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
ESPN will air fights beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
ESPN Deportes will air the fights on Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
Gesta works the mitts with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach ahead of his clash
Here’s what Gesta had to say at the media workout:
MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA, Former Lightweight Title Challenger:
“I feel excited for every fight. It’s another great event. Every event that I fight I treat as something special. Manzanarez is tough, but I’ll need to figure him out in the ring. Based on the videos, it’s tough to get on the inside because he’s tall, long and knows how to use that as advantages.”
“I learned from my world title fight. It boosted my confidence because I did so well against a great fighter. Every opponent is different and has different styles. I can’t look down on this guy. He’s not a stepping stone, and I will treat him as a world champion. I see myself fighting for a world title again soon. I still feel strong and ready. I still have a long way left in my career. I want any champion in the division. I’m always ready to take a fight.”
Gesta vs. Manzanarez is a 10-round fight for the NABO Lightweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. ESPN will air the fights beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, and stream live on ESPN3 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes will air the fights on Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the event are on sale and start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
(Photo Credit: Luis Arevalo Jr./Westside Boxing)