Mercito Gesta returns to action under Freddie Roach
by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News
It’s been 15 months since Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta stepped into the ring. The result was a unanimous decision win over Miguel Angel Mendoza in October 2015.
Shortly after the fight, he opted for shoulder surgery — and now he’s back, a featured bout on an April 1st, ESPN-televised fight at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
“It’s always exciting coming back from a lay off for a long time,” said Gesta. “Hopefully everything is going to turn good. My shoulder is a lot better. My rehab… and I’m just really excited and looking forward to this fight coming up.”
For his comeback against Mexican Gilberto Gonzalez, Gesta is not pulling any punches, taking camp to a legendary gym in Los Angeles.
The San Diego-based Cebuano now trains at the Wild Card Gym, under the legendary Coach Freddie Roach.
Gesta, who used to train with Coach Carl Penalosa, first met the hall of fame trainer about a decade ago, when he began fighting stateside. When he moved to San Diego, he frequently came to the gym as a sparring partner.
Late last year, they decided to join forces.
Gesta had been training under his dad Aniceto — a former mixed martial artist — and remains involved.
“Freddie has experience,” he said. “He’s been working with a lot of good fighters. I know he can add a lot of technique or skills in the fight if I’m going to use him.”
The 29-year old, who fights for Golden Boy, has been long considered a title contender. His only career loss was a 2012 world title shot against Miguel Vasquez.
With Coach Freddie Roach in his corner, he’s hoping to finally get that world title.
“We’re really looking forward to having a good relation with Freddie, and maybe some day for a title fight… I’m happy. Everyone is happy on my team, and I’m just excited right now that I’m training with Freddie.”
Making “No Mercy” even happier –.he’s been around more Filipino fighters and trainers. Gesta has even sparred with former world title contender, Mike Farenas.
Coach Freddie Roach has had a reputation of making already great fighters, including the Filipino boxing champion, even greater. Mercito Gesta hopes to be the next in a long line of champions.