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Gesta Realizes The Tough Task of Beating Miguel Vazquez

By Dennis "dSource" Guillermo

The boxing gods have been smiling at Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KOs), a lightweight fighter who has managed to climb up the ranks despite the absence of an amateur boxing background. And after his sensational 9th round stoppage win over Ty Barnett on ESPN Friday Night Fights on Aug. 3rd, Gesta finally gets his long-coveted title fight as his promoters line him up against IBF lightweight world champion Miguel Vazquez (31-3-0, 13 KOs).

Vazquez is a young and formidable champ, having successfully defended his crown six times after snagging it when he handed former Amir Khan tormentor, Colombian Breidis Prescott, the first loss of his career back in 2009. Though not a KO artist, Vazquez knows how to score points and use his height and reach while fighting on the outside.

"I think he's more difficult than other guys I fought," Gesta told me in an exclusive interview in recognition of the difficulty of the task ahead of him. "He knows how to use his height. He knows how to back up. He's not engaging. That's kinda' hard. It's hard to fight a guy that doesn't want to fight; just hit and run, hit and run," he added.

As in his previous tests and challenges, Gesta is confident that he and his team will formulate an effective game plan that will secure him the victory, and the distinction of being a world champion.

"We'll always have a plan for that and try to find out how to get inside, maybe try to corner him if he backs up. Not try to follow him, but stop him in the corner. That's probably what I'm going to do on top of what my dad will tell me, and Vince (assistant trainer Vince Parra). We'll do our homework," Gesta said.

As to when he will be ready for that fight, Gesta suggested, "For me November, I'll be ready for that," although adding that he will be ready to go any time the fight is out together. "Right now, hearing that, that I'll be fighting for a title against him is just exciting. I can't wait." Neither can his loyal fans, especially those boxing maniacs from the beautiful city of San Diego.

Dennis 'dSource' Guillermo is a prolific boxing writer. Follow him on Twitter , and for an archive of his work  click here . You e-mail him at  [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 08-20-2012

[QUOTE=Solitario;12439871]Vazquez has been in there with several hard punchers in the past, so I wouldn't necessarily assume that he's weak to the body just because he was momentarily affected by a punch. However, I have noticed that Gesta often loses…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 08-20-2012

Don't care if Gesta loses, which most likely he will, but as long as he puts up a good fight and gets some good experience from the fight he will be alright.

Comment by Caxcan on 08-20-2012

[QUOTE=perfect jet;12438299]I know its easier said than done but.... I reckon you need to get to vasquez's body. Miguel boxed and toyed effirtlessly against lenny zappavigna ( beat him with a left jab basically) but if you watch that fight,…

Comment by Caxcan on 08-20-2012

[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;12438441]Bradley was also very green..Don't make it sound like Bradley was vet or something..They both were rookies...[/QUOTE] Bradley was an accomplished amateur and had several more years of experience under his belt as a pro. He had been seasoned gradually…

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 08-20-2012

[QUOTE=Solitario;12437794]Vazquez was also much greener when he fought Bradley. He was only 20 years old at the time and had a year and a half of experience as a pro.[/QUOTE] Bradley was also very green..Don't make it sound like Bradley…

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