By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
April 15, 2014
DEL MAR, Calif – It’s been over a year since Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta laced up the gloves, and last Friday he showed no mercy.
He won with an eighth round TKO against Mexican veteran Edgar “Basuras” Riovalle.
“I’m back and this is the new me,” he said after the match.
The 27-year-old Cebuano southpaw showed a new arsenal of movement, combos, and footwork against his tough Mexican opponent.
Though Riovalle withstood “No Mercy’s” punishing combinations for seven rounds, Gesta finally scored a knockdown in the eighth with what seemed as an endless combination of deathblows.
“Basuras” got back up, but after absorbing another combination, his corner threw in the towel.
“I’m not expecting I’m going to drop him or stop him,” Gesta said. “I saw his fight. He’s a tough opponent. His last fight he fought a good fighter and they ended in decision. So I was thinking this guy, if I’m not going to stop this guy, I’m just going to do my movement. But if a knockout comes and I can feel in the eighth round he’s almost done and I’m throwing all my combos.”
With Patricia Javier singing the Philippine national anthem and Filipinos cheering him on, Gesta was the main event for the Ringside at Del Mar series, just outside of his adopted US base of San Diego.
He last fought in December 2012, losing a Pay-Per-View televised title fight to Miguel Vasquez. A series of misfortunes took place with a lingering rib injury that sidelined him for a year and Top Rank promotions terminating his contract.
Along with his trainer-father Aniceto Gesta Sr., they wanted to make the most of his time off.
“This has been a long time coming,” Gesta said. “I get injured, then as a fighter I missed being in the ring. The break was too long. But right now I showed that I’m back and I think I did good.”
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Though defeated Riovalle was able to walk on his own after the fight and congratulated Gesta after their medical exams.