To kick off the Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights series, Filipino lightweight contender Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs) will take on Mexican warrior Juan Antonio "El Mozo" Rodriguez (29-7, 25 KOs) in a 10-round main event, taking place Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Avalon Hollywood. Details for how to watch the fights will be announced shortly. (photos by Sye Williams).
Gesta, who now calls San Diego, Calif. his home, is a 31-year-old seasoned contender who has previously had two world title opportunities. In his first shot at a title, Gesta fought Miguel "Titere" Vazquez for the IBF Lightweight World Championship. In his second shot, Gesta took on WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine World Champion Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares, considered the very best lightweight in the world at the time. The southpaw will return after defeating Roberto "Tito" Manzanarez via majority decision in June 2018 as he plans to earn another shot at a 135-pound title.
Rodriguez is a 31-year-old southpaw who has fought against former world champions Billy "The Kid" Dib and Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna. The native of Puebla, Mexico has also challenged Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales for the WBA Interim Super Featherweight World Title. Rodriguez will look to initiate a campaign at lightweight by taking on one of its best contenders in Gesta.