LAWNDALE, CA — Eight months ago Mercito Gesta suffered the worst loss of his career, losing by knockout to Mexican Juan Antonio Rodriguez.
It was the first time the two-time world championship challenger and former kickboxer had been stopped.
The 32-year-old from Mandaue admits he was out of shape for the fight, but now he’s feeling strong and ready to headline Golden Boy’s Thursday Night Fights series at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on November 14th.
“I learned a lot from that especially with the diet and now that we’re putting in perfective athlete for our diet and everything works like the team. Everyone that’s suggested that. I couldn’t do this without the team,” said Mercito Gesta.
For this fight, Gesta switched up his corner, now training with Marvin Somodio at his recently built combinations gym. Gesta who trained with Coach Freddie Roach the past few years says there were no hard feelings between them.
The two Filipinos are familiar with each other, as Somodio was roach’s long time assistant.
“It’s just better for me, distance-wise where I used to live and the traffic as well and Marvin. I know Marvin we connected well. It’s just perfect and all my team.”
Gesta will take on 29-year old Mexican America Carlos morales, who has a 19 wins and 4 loss record, along with three draws.