Gesta's Manager Denies Talk of Chelo Gonzalez 3/10 Fight

By Ryan Maquiñana

After a report surfaced that had unbeaten Filipino lightweight Mercito Gesta (24-0-1, 12 KOs) facing Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (18-0, 13 KOs) on the Mar. 10 undercard of WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido’s rematch with Juan Manuel Lopez in Puerto Rico, Gesta’s manager dispelled the rumor in speaking to Friday afternoon.

“That’s the first I’ve ever heard of this fight with Gonzalez in Puerto Rico,” said Vincent Parra, who also doubles as Gesta’s trainer.  “Any rumor of us fighting on that undercard is completely false.  I talked to [Top Rank matchmaker] Brad Goodman today and he said it’s not true.  [Top Rank vice president] Carl Moretti also let me know that it’s not true and that he hasn’t heard anything about it.   He didn’t give me any validity to that at all.”

While Parra said the fight would not be occurring, he did not eschew the matchup itself.

“We’d be more than happy to fight him in Las Vegas, but we’re not going to his backyard to fight him if he’s below us in the rankings,” he argued.  “Unless it’s on HBO, why would I would I bring my 24-0 guy to Puerto Rico?  Would we be getting neutral judges?  It’s not even for a world title.  He’s not even in our neighborhood right now.  Whoever’s talking that is in dreamland.”

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AdamantiumPI on 01-17-2012

Was hoping Gesta would take this fight. I expect Gesta to get an easy road to a title and become the Filipino version of JCC Jr. He will become the next star that is protected and fed bums. I just…

Comment by [email protected] on 01-14-2012

[QUOTE=SoggyLungs;11668144]Gesta isn't known for ko power and so most likely the fight would have gone to the cards and considering its in chelo's hometown there is fear of the scoring be in chelo's favour. Parra said he'd be open to…

Comment by Bermuda on 01-14-2012

Gesta isn't known for ko power and so most likely the fight would have gone to the cards and considering its in chelo's backyard there is fear of the scoring be in chelo's favour. Parra said he'd be open to…

Comment by HardAss on 01-14-2012

Lol The next pacquiao is ducking just like the real pacquiao:3some:

Comment by Ringlife on 01-14-2012

That sucks it would have been a good fight on the undercard.

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