Barnett on Gesta: Critics Have Woken a Sleeping Giant

By Ryan Burton

Undefeated lightweight prospect Mercito Gesta (25-0-1) faces Ty Barnett (20-2-1) on August 3rd at the Texas Station gambling hall in North Las Vegas, NV. The fight will be broadcast as part of ESPN's Friday Night Fight Series. 

While Barnett is a sizable underdog, he feels that his experience will lead him to an upset victory.  He said that he has learned from his two losses and that he has become a better fighter because of them.

"The critics, they've awakened the sleeping giant.  They're overlooking the fact that I've beaten the better opposition (than Gesta) and my two losses are a blessing in disguise," Barnett told

"I beat myself in those loses, not my opponents.  They were just in the right place at the right time and took advantage of the opportunity but we all know those two guys can't walk a day in my shoes.  they can't match me skill for skill and a Ty Barnett at his best will be victorious on August 3rd mark my word!"

Barnett last fought in May when he stopped Robert DaLuz in 7 rounds.  Gesta knocked out Ricardo Dominguez in his last ring appearance in April.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DC Fight Fan on 07-27-2012

How is this even a conversation. Barnett sucks. He isn't qualified to be a main event on a dark show much less an ESPN Main Event.

Comment by Corelone on 07-27-2012

What happened? One ugly fight and all the Gesta fans are gone. Anyway, it's a tossup for Barnett even as the underdog because Gesta has not been put in with hard competition and still had some problems. Gesta needs to…

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