By Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
After punishing Ty Barnett for the majority of the bout, Mercito Gesta showed the Las Vegas crowd at Texas Station Casino why they call him “No Mercy.” A big left hook late in the ninth put Barnett (19-3-1, 12 KOs) on the canvas just as the ten second signal was given. As soon as Barnett was cleared to fight, Gesta (26-0-1, 13 KOs) seized the opportunity. Barnett was blasted with another pair of punches and final Gesta jab landed with just a second remaining. With Barnett on rubbery legs, the bout was halted at 2:59.
Jessie Magdaleno (11-0, 8 KOs) totally outclassed Aldimar Santos (16-3, 9 KOs) in a one sided second round TKO. The hometown hero had Santos rethinking why he wanted to be in the ring from the opening moments of the bout when a straight left, followed by two quick rights found a mark. A pair of left and right hooks dropped Santos late in the first round. In a moment of deja vu, a similar flurry sent Santos to his knees in the final ten of the second, causing referee Robert Byrd to halt the bout. Time of stoppage was 2:54.
In the night’s opening bout, Gabino Saenz defeated Dwayne Wisdom in bantamweight action. The six-round affair went back and forth with Wisdom getting beat to the punch in most of the exchanges. The judges scored the bout 57-57, 59-55, 59-55 for Saenz.
The bout between undefeated lightweight Mickey Bey and “Red Hot” Rob Frankel was cancelled after the Bey team refused to fight upon learning that the fight wouldn’t be on the ESPN telecast.