Mercito Gesta-Olusegun Ajose in Play For Late July

By Ryan Maquiñana

Mercito Gesta will return to the ring in late July at a venue to be determined in a 10-rounder against junior welterweight contender Olusegun Ajose, according to Gesta’s manager, Vince Parra.

“We accepted the fight a couple weeks ago, and now they’re working on the site, but everything looks set to go on our end,” Parra told

Gesta (26-1-1, 14 KOs) is coming off an unsuccessful lightweight world title challenge against Miguel Vazquez last December on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV undercard.

After the loss, he took some time off in his native Mandaue City, Philippines, before returning to San Diego, Calif., and making a change in his corner as he moves up in weight.

“He’s working with his dad [Anecito Sr.] more on conditioning and training, and I’m sitting back and focusing more on the management side,” Parra said.  “I’m still going to be assistant trainer, but this is something he’s always wanted as a kid, especially since his dad is now here from the Philippines.  With him moving up to 140 [pounds], it’s something he wanted to try out, and I support him 100 percent.”

Gesta’s father isn’t the only addition to camp.  Mercito’s little brother Anecito Jr. (2-1), a junior lightweight, is set to make his American debut on May 24 against debutant Kenny McClain in San Diego.

“Mercito’s really excited about his brother being here, too, and I think it’s motivating him to work harder in the gym,” Parra said.

Ajose (31-1, 14 KOs), from Lagos, Nigeria, bounced back from a 10th-round stoppage loss to Lucas Matthysse for an interim world title with a points victory over Rynell Griffin last month.

“I watched his fight with Matthysse,” Parra said of Ajose.  “He’s a tough, strong guy.  He’s got decent skills, but at the same time, he’s beatable.”

As for Gesta, Parra is optimistic that his fighter’s best days are ahead.

“Nobody’s making any excuses for what happened in December.  He’s trying to put the past to rest, and it’s a good opportunity,” Parra said.  “He’s trying to get back in the mix to fight for a title.  There’s a lot of good fights at 140 and this is the quickest way back to the top.  It’s a new year and he’s ready to come back out and surprise some people.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for  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, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by puga on 05-19-2013

gesta is a ****ing BUM ....

Comment by FilMor on 05-19-2013

the Filipino is going to get murdered, Ajose is underrated.

Comment by MASTER1454 on 05-17-2013

[QUOTE=balintawak;13381368]OK, let's see if Gesta learns how to deal with pure boxers. I find that [B]the tone on this whole thread is very judgmental on a kid who had had experienced his first loss. The reason he has been garnishing…

Comment by balintawak on 05-17-2013

[QUOTE=MASTER1454;13378852]^^^^^^^^^^All this, *sighs*. Quote me where I said anything that was "hater-like"? Do you or most people even know what "hate" really means? [B]It's means when a person knows that someone is good but [U]personally[/U] doesn't like them so they…

Comment by Hougigo on 05-17-2013

[QUOTE=Cnota21;13381073]If Gesta wasnt so damn ****y and full of himself and took his fights seriously, i would like him more. Truth is he has a good punch, he is quick when he wants to be, and he has very good…

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