Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Gesta: I Need To Be Aggressive, Knock Jorge Linares Out

by Steve Kim

Mercito Gesta challenges WBA lightweight titlist Jorge Linares later tonight.

The HBO televised fight will serve as the co-featured attraction to the welterweight showdown between Lucas Matthysse and Tewa Kiram, who battle for the vacant WBA "regular" title.

Gesta is the decided underdog coming in and conventional wisdom says he wont be able to out-box the stylish Venezuelan.

linares-gesta-weights (4)

So is the plan of attack to be aggressive as possible and bring the fight to Linares?

"That's our plan," said Gesta, last week at the Westside Boxing Club, where a media day was held for this event.

"We need to be smart and aggressive because I can not just go inside and be aggressive and all of a sudden have that counter just come in there, that punch. Linares is quick, he's fast. So I need to be there, go inside aggressive but I need to be smart."

When asked how he sees this fight going this weekend at the Forum in Inglewood, California, Gesta(31-1-2, 17 KO's) says - "I'm thinking about the knockout, I envision a knockout. I don't know what round it's going to be but I have more chances if I knock this guy out. I need to be aggressive but there's always going to be adaptation in the fight."

Freddie Roach, who has trained Gesta for this fight is stressing to his fighter the need to bring the fight to Linares make this into a fight. He says he will not hesitate to get on Gesta if things are going their way.

"I have to," said the noted trainer, earlier this week, "the thing is, I told him, 'We have to be aggressive in this fight. I think this guy (Linares) has a little quit in him. I've seen it before but you've got to pressure him to bring that out."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 01-27-2018

Gesta did better than I thought he would, never really rated him but that was a gritty performance. he is tough alright

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 01-27-2018

Linares seems to have worked his way back and I am happy to see that... but it has been a certain level of opponent, so a part of it does feel like it could be a mirage. Gesta is not…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 01-27-2018

Linares is too skilled, fast and throws a lot of punches. Hard to out point him on scorecards. Gesta only shot is knocking him out

Comment by aboutfkntime on 01-27-2018

Linares will stop him

Comment by lopez36 on 01-27-2018

gesta acutally looks kind of small for a lightweight,,,let's see how he looks tonight

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather, Canelo-GGG, Pacquiao, More Coldwell Confident Gavin McDonnell Will Shock Danny Roman Cecilia Braekhus: I Know This Will Be a Very Tough Fight Hearn on Bellew's Options: Fury, Adonis Stevenson, Andre Ward Usyk-Gassiev: Muhammad Ali's Wife To Present The Trophy Ryan Garcia: I Don't Care About Sparring, I Want Gervonta Davis Michael Dutchover Blasts Out Sergio Ramirez in Two Rounds Jean Pascal Dominates, Stops Steve Bosse in The Eight Manny Pacquiao Should Think Carefully About Next Opponent Jaron Ennis Drops Alvarez Four Times, Scores 3rd-Round TKO Crawford: Arum Has Tried To Get Me Pacquiao, It Hasn't Worked Mattice Wins Suspicious Split Nod Over Hamazaryan on ShoBox Montana Love, Kenneth Sims Jr. Battle to Eight-Round Draw Pacquiao: Nobody is Authorized To Speak on My Behalf Luis Ortiz: Deontay Wilder Would Knock Joshua Out in 3 Rounds! Lamont Roach Stops Deivi Julio Bassa in Cancun Photos: World Boxing Super Series - Season 2 Fighters Face Off Photos: Alberto Machado, Rafael Mensah - Ready For Battle Alexey Egorov Will Look To Make a Statement With Lateef Kayode Jarrell Miller Joins Broadcast Team For Whyte vs. Parker Lamont Roach Aims To Follow in Hurd's Footsteps, Win Title Photos: Jaime Munguia, Liam Smith - Ready For War in Las Vegas Burnett-Donaire, Inoue-Payano For WBSS Bantamweight Tourney Prograis-Flanagan, Taylor-Martin Set For WBSS Quarterfinals Whyte vs. Parker: Referee Selected is Ian John-Lewis Photos: Christopher Diaz Putting in Work For Ito Title Fight Video: Freddie Roach Talks Pacquiao, Canelo-Golovkin, More Sergey Lipinets vs. Erick Bone Set For Berto-Alexander Card Video: Oscar De La Hoya Breaks Down Munguia vs. Smith Liam Smith: Munguia Never Faced a Fully-Fledged 154-Pounder Jaron Ennis: I Want To Make a Statement in This Fight Photos: Usyk, Gassiev - Ready For War in WBSS Unification Final Povetkin Pleased Joshua Fight Is In London; Feels Less Pressure Easter: Mikey Garcia is Overrated; Broner is Only Name He Beat! Roach: Pacquiao Should Fight Loma at 140, No To Crawford Ennis: There's a Young Killer On Loose In Welterweight Division BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week - July 20 Mykquan Williams: People Are Gonna Start To Take Notice Whyte Not Impressed: Parker Was a Coward in Joshua Fight! Kazuto Ioka Announces Return, on September 8 at Superfly 3
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement