By Felipe Leon
First class professional boxing returns to downtown San Diego, CA, when Rogue Boxing Promotions presents “Havoc at the Hard Rock II: No Mercy” at the Woodstock Terrace of the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel on Friday, July 10th. The open air terrace proved to be the perfect southern California venue as more than 900 boxing fans enjoyed the inaugural fight card showcased by Rogue Boxing Promotions last month. In the featured bout of the evening, unbeaten Filipino lightweight prospect Mercito Gesta (15-0-1, 6 KOs) returns to face the rugged Damian Fuller (30-6-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout.
Gesta is coming off a 44 second destruction of Tijuana’s 2008 prospect of the year Alain “Konan” Hernandez last May in his first fight of 2009. Gesta forced the stoppage with a shock and awe display of speed and power as he connected a barrage of unanswered punches. Gesta is originally of Cebu City, Philippines but resides in Chula Vista, CA. Now Gesta will take a significant step up matching up against the vastly experienced Fuller, of Detroit, MI. Fuller, whose career is helmed by the renowned Jackie Kallen, owns a win over local favorite Jairo Ramirez and has faced former world champions Diego Corrales and Lovemore N’Dou during his eleven year career.
“As soon as we had the opportunity to put this exciting match up together, I instantly thought it was a great fight for the San Diego boxing fans to witness,” Derek Pierce, President of Rogue Boxing Promotions, stated. “Through it all, Ms. Kallen has been a real pleasure to work with.”
In the co-feature bout, the “San Diego Sensation” super flyweight Sergio Espinoza is slated against TBA in a six round affair as he makes a run towards a title. Espinoza, who at one point was ranked in the top fifteen in his division by the WBC, is the only San Diego based fighter to have won four major amateur titles, the junior nationals, the national PAL boxing championships, the national gold gloves and the USA nationals.
The night will also mark the return of southern California amateur standout Angel Estrada (3-0-1, 2 KOs) in a four round bout after a two year hiatus. On his way in amassing more than 125 amateur fights, Estrada captured multiple amateur titles including three Silver Gloves National championships. Estrada will be matched up against an opponent to be named.
Two more explosive fights round out the card.
The Hard Rock Hotel is located at 207 5th Ave downtown San Diego, one block west from Petco Park. The venue is all ages and food and drink will be served. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first punch thrown at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $35 and are available by visiting www.rogueboxing.com or by calling (619) 313-8048.