Ryan Garcia vs. Mercito Gesta Showdown in The Works

By Rick Reeno has been advised hat there are ongoing discussions to make a a fight between undefeated rising prospect Ryan Garcia (15-0, 13 KOs) and veteran lightweight contender Mercito Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs).

Gesta, who failed in two prior world title attempts, was in action last month when he won a ten round majority decision over Robert Manzanarez at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

Garcia is quickly coming up as the biggest prospect under the Golden Boy Promotions banner.


Back in May at the StubHub Center in Carson, Garcia picked up his biggest win to date when he outworked world title challenger Jayson Velez for a ten round unanimous decision.

Eric Gomez, President of Golden Boy, says his company is currently trying to finalize the fight. Golden Boy also promote Gesta.

"We are working on that for the fall. We are working on some details, but yes we want to get that fight done," Gomez told

Gesta's two defeats, both by decision, came at the hands of Jorge Linares and Miguel Vazquez.

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who works with Gesta, likes his boxer's chances in that matchup.

"We did get offered that fight. Garcia is a young kid, he can fight a little bit, but I think it's a really good fight for my guy," Roach told

In the last few months, Garcia has been pretty vocal about his desire to face current WBA 'super' super featherweight champion Gervonta 'Tank' Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), who most observers believe is a little too much for the young prospect, at least at this stage of his career.

Gomez explained that his company is eventually going to pursue that fight.

"It's a very tough fight. [Garcia is] a tough kid, he wants to fight the best. He wants to prove that he belongs. But just like any young guy, he has us to slow him down a little bit. But he's ready. He believes that he's ready. We're going to build it up and at the right time why not do that fight," Gomez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by crisantonio917 on 07-20-2018

There goes the "0"

Comment by Pound4PoundStud on 07-20-2018

Ryan Garcia gets his first L. Simple as that.

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 07-20-2018

Ryan steady stepping up and testing himself! meanwhile tank is still stuttering for the last lomachenko question they asked him last year.

Comment by mrlopez on 07-20-2018

Tank n Garcia agreed to a sperring sesh. No rounds, straight fightin

Comment by NotaPachugger on 07-20-2018

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;18951937]Ryan hasn't fought anybody for you to come to those conclusions about his skill set...Gesta has only lost at the top level...[/QUOTE] Outside of Linares not a great resume.

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