Undefeated Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (17-0-1, 7 KOs) faces off against KO artist Oscar “El Estudiante” Meza (19-3, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBO Americas lightweight title on June 4th at the Micosukee Indian Gaming Resort in Miami, Florida. The twelve round championship fight will be broadcast live in the U.S. on Telemundo and is presented by Tuto Zabala Jr’s All Star Boxing Inc., The Next Generation. The winner of the bout is guaranteed a top twelve ranking by the WBO. The fight will mark Gesta’s televised main event debut.
“This fight is one that I have been wanting, a championship fight, event though it is a small championship,” the 22-year-old Gesta stated. “This is a start for a big title so I am very happy for this opportunity.”
“This fight means a lot to Mercito. It’s an opportunity to step up to the next level and take a step closer to a world title,” Vince Parra, Gesta’s co-manager, added. “He is excited, motivated and ready to dominate.”
The quick fisted Gesta of San Diego, CA, by way of Cebu, PI, is coming off an impressive eight round shutout in which the Filipino won every round over tough journeyman Christian Favela earlier this year. It was the second time that Gesta defeated the tough Mexican in his career, the first in 2008 also via unanimous decision. Gesta scored two quick knockouts last year over Tijuana’s 2008 Prospect of the Year Alain “Konan” Hernandez in May and in August versus Devarise Crayton. Now he will match skills against Meza who owns wins over Jorge Pimentel and Jorge Paez Jr and has traded leather against up and coming prospect Brandon Rios.
“I don’t know anything about his style. From his record, he is a knockout punch opponent so we will see,” the confident Gesta said. “That is all I know about him.”
It is no secret that the hard hitting Meza will be the toughest opponent for Gesta on paper but mentioned that he is ready to not let this moment in front of a international audience pass him by.
“I still don’t know what I am supposed to do in the fight until I see his style but I will be ready for anything,” he stated. “I hope that people like my performance and I am looking for bigger and better fights so I can show my ability.”