Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Roach: Gesta Could Take Linares' Heart, Make Him Fall Apart

By Keith Idec

Freddie Roach knows exactly what Mercito Gesta is up against on Saturday night.

Roach trained Jorge Linares for part of his career, including his last loss nearly six years ago. What Roach learned about Linares during that second-round technical knockout defeat to Sergio Thompson and at other points is that Gesta, a big underdog, can win their fight for Linares’ WBA lightweight title.

HBO will televise Linares-Gesta as the opener of a “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader from The Forum in Inglewood, California (10:30 p.m. ET).

demarco-linares

“It’s a very, very tough fight,” Roach told BoxingScene.com. “[Linares] is a very good fighter. I worked with him before. But Gesta could take his heart. The thing is, he’s getting older and so forth, and once he gets caught, he falls apart. If you frustrate him, he falls apart. If things don’t go his way, he can be a little bit of a baby. At this point in his career, I think we have a very good shot to win that fight.”

Venezuela’s Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) has won 12 straight fights since Thompson dropped him in the second round and Linares couldn’t continue due to a cut on his left eyelid in March 2012.

His loss to Thompson was Linares’ second straight TKO defeat. In his previous fight, Mexico’s Antonio DeMarco stopped him in the 11th round.

The 32-year-old Linares has since re-emerged as an elite lightweight.

“Linares is a great fighter,” Roach said. “He’s had a great career and so forth. For anyone to get a win over him, that’s a great, great achievement, because he is a very good fighter.”

 That said, Roach is confident Gesta (30-1-2, 17 KOs) can pull off an upset in what has been criticized as a mismatch. He believes the Filipino southpaw will fare much better than he did during his first title shot – a lopsided loss to former IBF lightweight champ Miguel Vazquez in their 12-rounder five years ago.

“I know they gave Peter Nelson a bunch of sh*t about this fight,” Roach said, referring to the HBO executive that approved Linares-Gesta. “I told him, ‘We’re gonna save the day for you, because we’re gonna win this fight.’ ”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-25-2018

linares boxes rings around gesta

Comment by gritsteel on 01-24-2018

When Gesta lost his first fight, it was his heart that was taken away. Then both of them can take each other's hearts, whoever gets it first lol

Comment by Eff Pandas on 01-24-2018

Who's heart has Gesta taken lately? Whoevers it was it was unlikely to be a guy on the level of Linares. Not saying he can't win, but its gonna have to do with more than just taking a mfers heart.

Comment by hrt3333 on 01-24-2018

Kind of a dick move to say that stuff. Linares has come a long way since he left you let the man live.

Comment by komandante on 01-24-2018

Gesta is flat-footed no footwork. He needs a combat boot not a:boxing:shoes.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines Omar Figueroa Craves Errol Spence Rematch in The Future Jarrell Miller: I'll Impose Will On Dinu & Get Him Out Of There Photos: Maurice Hooker Breaks Down, Stops Alex Saucedo Lennox Lewis: Wilder-Fury Will NOT Look Like Klitschko-Fury Daily Bread Mailbag: Spence-Garcia, Mayweather, Usyk, More Photos: Kavaliauskas in Line For Crawford After Arriaza KO Win Frank Warren Discusses a Big December For British Boxing Chael Sonnen Cautions of Mayweather-Nasukawa Double Cross Arum: We're Going To Look Very Closely at Crawford-Kavaliauskas Whyte Warns: Joshua Will Get a "Whooping" When Time Comes Kavaliauskas: I'm Ready To Fight Terence Crawford Next! Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Meet Face To Face in Oklahoma Maurice Hooker Gets Off The Floor To Batter, Stop Alex Saucedo Maurice Hooker vs. Alex Saucedo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jaron Ennis Blasts Out Ray Serrano in Two Rounds Kavaliauskas Knocks Out Arriaza In Third; Wants Crawford Next Sam Teah Hurts Kenneth Sims, Decisions Him Over Eight Andrew Moloney vs. Cris Paulino on December 14 in Perth Arnold Khegai Drops, Decisions a Tough Jorge Diaz Wilder: If Fury Tries To Rough Me Up - I'll Be His Worst Nightmare Callum Smith More Than Willing To Fight Andre Ward in May Luis Ortiz Vows To Make Kauffman Pay For 'Cheater' Comments Photos: Nico Hernandez Ready For Hometown Clash Top Rank VP: Arriaza is Measuring Stick Bout For Kavaliauskas Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias - Get Tense at Weigh-In Photos: Brandon Rios, Ramon Alvarez - Ready For War in Kansas Photos: Claressa Shields, Hannah Rankin - Trade Heated Words Photos: Jarrell Miller, Bogdan Dinu - Ready For Battle in Kansas Chocolatito Reveals Offer For Yafai, Wants Sor Rungvisai Trilogy Jarrell Miller Weighs In At 315¼ Pounds, 78 More Than Dinu Frankie Gavin Very Overweight For Kerman Lejarraga Clash John Molina Expects an All-Out With Omar Figueroa Cristofer Rosales vs. Charlie Edwards on Whyte-Chisora Card Alicia Napoleon To Defend WBA World Title in February Arum: Saucedo Showed 'Huge Balls' In 4th Round Versus Lenny Z Anthony Fowler To Box On Kell Brook-Michael Zerafa Gabe Rosado Aims To Beat Down Arias, Prevent 'Running' Tactics David Price vs. Tom Little Set, December 22 At O2 Arena Frampton Warns Warrington About Using Any Dirty Tactics Abimael Ortiz, Alfredo Santiago, Jonathan Lopez Back on Dec. 1
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement