Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (17-0-1, 7KO) has ramped up his training for his upcoming WBO Youth lightweight title clash against Oscar "El Estudiante" Meza (19-3, 17KO) of Culiacan, MX, on June 4th in Miami, FL. The twelve round affair will be televised live by Telemundo and is presented by Tuto Zabala Jr.'s All Star Boxing, The Next Generation Inc.
Gesta of San Diego, CA, by way of Cebu, PI, who has worked in the past with the likes of Jorge Linares, Antonio DeMarco, Marvin Quintero among others, has been adding up the miles on his car as he hast traveled all over southern California in search of sparring. Along with up and coming Jr. welterweight prospect Antonio Orozco (6-0, 5KO) in San Diego, Gesta has also sparred a number of partners at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
"I have seen a lot of different styles so I think that is going to help," Gesta stated regarding his different gym partners. "I feel good about my training for this fight. Fights are won in the gym and I have been training for a while."
Gesta, who was originally slated to headline a fight card in San Diego last month accepted the bout against Meza after the San Diego date fell out.
"I did take some time off so I feel good and not over trained," the always smiling Gesta added.
"Mercito is peaking at just the right time. He was at the Wild Card Gym in early April so this has been an extended camp because of the April 25th fall out," his co-manager Vince Parra said. "People will be pleased with what they see on June 4th, that will be the best Mercito Gesta."
Jorge Marron, chief matchmaker for Gesta's promoter, Don Chargin, feels that Gesta has what it takes to win.
"On paper the fight looks 50-50 but Mercito should win," Marron said. "The fight is not going to be that easy but his quickness and his southpaw stance will be his biggest tools."
San Francisco - Professional boxing returns to the city of San Francisco when Hard Knox Promotions and Mo'Betta Entertainment bring you "Civil War", where boxers from the Bay Area challenge fighters from Southern California. The battle will take place at the historical Kezar Pavilion on June 12, 2010.
Headlining the eight round main event will be San Francisco's undefeated welterweight sensation, Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (12-0-1, 7 KO's) as he clashes with Sergio De La Torre from Escondido, CA.
Mayfield, a three-time San Francisco Golden Gloves champion, is excited to be fighting in his hometown as he stated, "This is a dream come true for me to be fighting in San Francisco where I grew up. The City is known for having great fans. This will be the first professional boxing show at Kezar in a long time so I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for everone in attendence
In the co-main event, Oakland's Tony Hirsch (11-3-1, 5 KO's) squares off against Giovanni Rubio in an eight round Jr. Middleweight bout. Others slated to fight on the card are San Francisco natives, Richard Hargraves (light middleweight) and Cynthia Talmadge (bantamweight), both scheduled to fight in four round bouts.
Before the bright lights of Las Vegas, now known as the Mecca of boxing, San Francisco was the uncrowned boxing capitol of the world. Kezar Stadium was host to many great fights when Hall of Famer's Rocky Marciano's and Carl "Bobo" Olson both fought at this historic location. Marciano defended his World Heavyweight title fight against Don Cockell in 1955. Olson had two epic battles against Wayne Thornton in 1964. Kezar Pavilion will once again be host to another great night of boxing.
Kezar Pavilion is located at 670 Kezar Dr. San Francisco CA, 94118. "Civil War" featuring Mayfield vs. De La Torre is presented by Hard Knox Promotions and Mo'Betta Entertainment. Doors open at 6:00pm, the first bell rings at 7:00pm. Tickets, priced at $15, $25, $50 and $75, are on sale now by calling (415) 725-2479 or (415) 948-7891. Tickets may also be purchased at the door or online at www.vbotickets.com. More undercard bouts to be announced at a later date. Bouts subject to change.