Gesta overcomes knockdown to decision Mexican foe

CARSON, Calif. – With ALA fighters among the 7,000 fans at Carson’s Stub Hub Center, it was a great night for Filipino boxers whether in the ring or from the corner.

In the main event, Filipino trainer Marvin Somodio scored a big victory from the corner as he helped Viktor Postol emerge victorious in his showdown against Lucas Matthysse.

Postol knocked out Matthysse in the 10th round and thanked Somodio and head trainer Freddie Roach in his victory speech.

“Masaya, basta masaya sa ginagawa ko. Sunod lang sa instructions ni Freddie. Si Freddie binibigay ng strategy, ine-implement lang sa gym,” said Somodio.

For Somodio, it was sweet revenge to beat the Argentine Matthysse, who beat another one of his fighters, Ruslan Provodnikov, earlier this year.

In the undercard, Mercito Gesta came away with a unanimous decision victory over Mexican opponent Miguel Angel Mendoza.

The referee awarded Mendoza, a late replacement for Martin Honorio, in the second round, although Gesta said his foot merely got trapped by his opponent’s leg.

“The referee scored it as a knockdown, so there’s nothing I can do,” he said.

Gesta overcame the second round knockdown to win a unanimous decision as he outboxed his opponent the rest of the way.

“This was a different opponent,” said Gesta, whose original opponent, Honorio, was unable to secure a U.S. visa. “I had to adjust to the style, too. He hits hard and he never backs down.”

Gesta exited the ring with a cut under his right eye, but with an improved record of 29-1-2. The fighter nicknamed “No Mercy” said he is now ready for his next challenge.

“Golden Boy is one of the best promoters right now, and I trust Oscar (De La Hoya) and his team. I’m comfortable at lightweight,” he said.

Meanwhile, the ALA fighters who attended the event home to triumph as well when they fight on the same venue on October 17 for Pinoy Pride 33.

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