Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs), the former world title challenger of Cebu, Philippines will battle 135-pound contender Roberto "Tito" Manzanarez (35-1, 28 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona in a 10-round fight for the NABO Lightweight Title in the main event of the June 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
Both fighters weighed in at 134.8-pounds.
ESPN will air the fights beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, and stream live on ESPN3 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes will air the fights on Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
Gesta, who now calls San Diego, Calif. his home, is a 30-year-old contender who has defeated quality opponents such as Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez and Martin "El Brochas" Honorio.
The southpaw will return after his second world title opportunity, which was against 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. In his first shot at a title, Gesta fought Miguel "Titere" Vazquez for the IBF Lightweight World Championship.
Manzanarez is a solid contender who, though born in the United States, has spent most of his career fighting in Mexico. The 23-year-old pugilist has defeated former world champion Gamaliel "El Platano" Diaz and former world title contender Hector "Charro Negro" Gonzalez. Manzanarez is ready to make his name in the lightweight division in his first main event on ESPNand first attempt for a regional title.
The co-main event will feature an exciting battle between two undefeated Golden Boy Promotions prospects as Edgar "Kid Neza" Valerio (13-0, 8 KOs) takes on Manny "Chato" Robles III (15-0, 7 KOs) for the vacant NABF Featherweight Title.