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Gesta-Barnett Set for 8/3 at Texas Station on ESPN2

By Ryan Maquiñana

In an update to my esteemed colleague Chris Robinson’s report that Mercito Gesta will headline an ESPN2 card this summer, the unbeaten Filipino lightweight will still face Ty Barnett in a Friday Night Fights main event, except the new date is Aug. 3 at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas.

“The guy is coming to fight,” said Gesta’s trainer/manager Vince Parra.  “Barnett wants to knock Mercito out.  He’s got a good record, and he’s good boxing skills, and we’re excited to face him on August 3.

The 24-year-old Gesta (25-0-1, 13 KOs) is coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Oscar Cuero in April that was more of a foulfest than a fight.  Cuero also clinched excessively and impeded the San Diego, Calif., resident from mounting a consistent attack.  This time, Gesta plans to impress.


Barnett (20-2-1, 13 KOs), from Washington, D.C., is on a two-bout winning streak after being stopped by prospect Andrey Klimov a year ago.

“We’re definitely going to take advantage of the worldwide exposure ESPN provides,” Parra said.  “Obviously if Mercito had it his way, he’d like to fight a big name and a big opponent for a title, but he’s excited about this fight in front of him now, and he’s looking to make a statement.”

Gesta has been ranked at both lightweight and junior welterweight while chasing world title fights with Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Vazquez.  For the time being, Parra was clear on where his fighter would campaign.

“They haven’t set the contract, but we’re looking to fight at 136, 137 [pounds] for this one,” Parra said.  “135 is where we’re comfortable fighting.  He’s walking around at 146-147 right now.  We’ll go to 140 someday, but we have unfinished business here at lightweight.”

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kagami Taiga on 06-27-2012

[QUOTE=Dominicano Soy;12284460]But I can't knock him though, he himself said he doesn't expect to become great, said he would be fully content with just becoming a champ.[/QUOTE] lol i guess hes just waiting for a belt to present itself. i…

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 06-27-2012

[QUOTE=DempseyRollin;12284454]lol, the guys been fighting for nearly 10 years and his fundamentals are trash, its no wonder he hasnt fought anyone. he is what he is tho.[/QUOTE] But I can't knock him though, he himself said he doesn't expect to…

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 06-27-2012

[QUOTE=Dominicano Soy;12284447]He's not that good either, has no jab at all.[/QUOTE] lol, the guys been fighting for nearly 10 years and his fundamentals are trash, its no wonder he hasnt fought anyone. he is what he is tho.

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 06-27-2012

[QUOTE=DempseyRollin;12284439]gesta is never gonna really step up, so stop holding your breath[/QUOTE] He's not that good either, has no jab at all.

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 06-27-2012

gesta is never gonna really step up, so stop holding your breath

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