Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Arum Says Gesta in Crucial Battle, Title Shot Nears

By Keith Idec

Bob Arum doesn’t apply unnecessary pressure on Mercito Gesta by making comparisons to his wildly popular countryman.

“The only similarities between Gesta and [Manny] Pacquiao is that they’re both southpaws and both Filipinos,” said Arum, whose company, Top Rank Inc., promotes Pacquiao and Gesta. “But they’re totally different fighters. He doesn’t have the same skill set as Pacquiao. He’s skilled, but it’s a different skill set.”

The Hall-of-Fame promoter hopes, however, that Gesta is ready to take the next step in a pro career he began as 16-year-old nearly nine years ago in the Philippines. The unbeaten Gesta, 24, will meet Ty Barnett, of Washington, D.C., in a 10-round fight tonight that’ll be broadcast by ESPN2 from Texas Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (10 p.m. EDT).

“It’s an absolutely crucial fight for him,” Arum said, “because if he’s successful in this fight we hope to have him fight for a lightweight title in his next fight.”

If Gesta gets past Barnett (20-2-1, 13 KOs), Arum plans to pursue a fight against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (31-3, 13 KOs). Mexico’s Vazquez is undefeated since he moved down to lightweight 3½ years ago, but Barnett appears much more beatable.

Still, Barnett stands at least three inches taller than Gesta (25-0-1, 13 KOs) and has a better record than anyone Gesta has fought. Barnett’s resume mostly has been built against ordinary opposition, but Gesta recognizes the importance of his performance in this “Friday Night Fights” main event.

“He’s a tall guy,” said Gesta, a San Diego resident raised in the Philippines. “I think he has a good straight right hand, so I’ll just be careful of that.”

Gesta stopped Colombia’s Oscar Cuero (15-8, 12 KOs) in the eighth round of his last fight, April 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. After flooring Cuero in the seventh and eighth rounds of that fight, Gesta wants to win even more impressively against Barnett.

“It’s really important because people want to see me in the ring and a lot of people can watch me,” Gesta said. “I need to do good because it’s [on] ESPN. I think I’m there. I’m ready for a big fight. I feel like I’m ready to go to the top.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

Tags: Bob Arum image   Mercito Gesta image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jorge Zimmerano on 08-04-2012

[QUOTE=tlarry;12398970]If Gesta is ready for 140, let's go! Vasquez is nothing. Guerrero went to 47 to beat Aydin, who just had an off night. Gesta has a million options at 140. Marcos Maidana, Erik Morales, Amir Khan, Juan Manuel Marquez,…

Comment by Jorge Zimmerano on 08-04-2012

[QUOTE=spoonwars;12398173]Perfect opportunity to prove yourself, when the majority thinks you're not it. If successful, [COLOR="Red"]that's when a potential superstar is born.[/QUOTE][/COLOR] :haha::haha:

Comment by tlarry on 08-04-2012

If Gesta is ready for 140, let's go! Vasquez is nothing. Guerrero went to 47 to beat Aydin, who just had an off night. Gesta has a million options at 140. Marcos Maidana, Erik Morales, Amir Khan, Juan Manuel Marquez,…

Comment by spoonwars on 08-03-2012

Perfect opportunity to prove yourself, when the majority thinks you're not it. If successful, that's when a potential superstar is born.

Comment by Hougigo on 08-03-2012

Gesta should win. Arnett is a come forward pressure fighter and all his wins have been against f level club fighters. A shame if he can't knock him out

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Angel Acosta's Mandatory Title Defense is Now Postponed Lewis Ritson Drops, Dismantles Joe Murray In One To Retain Jordan Gill Dominates Jason Cunningham In British Eliminator Video: Mikey Garcia Talks Errol Spence, Lipinets, Linares, More News: Demirezen, Wallisch, Pulev, Wegner, Schmucker, More Qais Ashfaq, Tasha Jonas Get Wins on JDNXTGEN in Manchester Andre Ward: I Wouldn't Announce Retirement if I Didn't Mean It Eddie Hearn: Final Must Be Groves-Smith, Even In January 2019 Photos: Donnie Nietes Drills Juan Carlos Reveco, Retains IBF Belt Photos: McWilliams Arroyo Stuns Carlos Cuadras With Upset Win Brook: Me vs. Khan is Like Mayweather-Pacquiao - But in Britain Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada Rematch Eyed For The Fall - Superfly 3 Donnie Nietes: I Want Chocolatito or Sor Rungvisai Next! Photos: Sor Rungvisai Wins War With Juan Francisco Estrada Andre Ward To Kovalev: Grow Up and Accept What Happened! Groves: That Wasn't the Best Callum Smith I've Seen; Was Flat McWilliams Arroyo Targets Sor Rungvisai Showdown Tony Bellew Wants Andre Ward, Tyson Fury at Old Trafford Too Video: McWilliams Arroyo on His Big Win Over Carlos Cuadras Video: Andre Ward on Ring Return, Sor Rungvisai-Estrada, More Video: Sor Rungvisai Breaks Down His Tough Win Over Estrada Video: Amir Khan Explains Anthony Joshua Beef, Talks Future Chocolatito Praises Estrada: Sor Rungvisai Lost, Unfair Decision! Estrada: What Did The Judges Watch? I Clearly Beat Sor Rungvisai Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - CompuBox Punch Stats Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - Official Scorecards - Photo Sor Rungvisai Decisions a Very Determined Juan Francisco Estrada Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard McWilliams Arroyo Shocks Carlos Cuadras With Majority Nod Cuadras vs. Arroyo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Donnie Nietes Drops, Stops Juan Carlos Reveco in Seventh Artem Dalakian Decisions a Bloody Brian Viloria For WBA Title Photos: George Groves, Callum Smith - Go Face To Face Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE Superfly 2 Results Anthony Yarde Batters, Stops Tony Averlant in Seven Callum Smith Outboxes Nieky Holzken, George Groves is Next Daniel Dubois Blasts Out DL Jones in Three Rounds Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Ronnie Clark Shocks Zelfa Barrett in IBF Regional Bout Conte Responds To Wilder's "Always a Cheat" Jab at Luis Ortiz
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement