Jun 15, 2018
On Father’s Day, Mercito Gesta dedicates NABO championship win to his dad
INDIO, CA — An overwhelming size advantage an excellent record did not stop two-time world title challenger Mercito Gesta from bringing home the North American Boxing Organization championship.
Gesta squeezed out a majority split decision against hard-hitting Mexican Robert Manzanarez on Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.
Throughout the 10 rounds Gesta was wrapped up by his lengthy opponent, but manage to land power shots throughout the battle, and nearly had the Mexican in trouble on a couple of occasions.
One judge scored it an even 95-to-95 while two judges scored it 96-to-94, giving the victory to the Cebu born Golden Boy fighter.
The Arizona-based Manzanarez came into the battle with a 35-and-1 record with 28 knockouts. He left the ring with a big gash over his right eye.
With Father’s Day just around the corner, the fight had special meaning for someone whose been in Mercito’s corner through thick and thin.
While Mercito’s head trainer is hall of famer Freddie roach, his father Anecito serves as assistant trainer, and has coached Mercito in his kickboxing days.
“He means everything to me. He believes in me when o was nothing. He believes in me when I was a kid,” he shared.
As he was handed the belt in the ring on live television, Mercito gave it to his dad.
Gesta, who lost in a world title shot against Jorge Linares last January, says he’s hoping that next time he can bring home the world title for his dad.