“I know that Gesta has speed and power, but he hasn’t been at this level before, and on Jan. 27, he’ll know what it’s like to face a world champion,” said current World Boxing Association (WBA) and The Ring lightweight champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela.
After Filipino boxer Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta lost his first shot at a title against Miguel Angel Vazquez in a unanimous decision in 2012, he will get his second attempt at a world title as he challenges Linares.
The bout will take place on January 27 at The Forum in Los Angeles as announced by Golden Boy Promotions.
With Linares on a winning spree of 12 bouts, Gesta knows he is in for a tough challenge against the champion.
Gesta said in an article by ESPN: “I know firsthand how long it takes to get a shot at a world championship, and I will not allow this opportunity to pass me by… I understand Linares is a great fighter, but I know I have the skills, speed, power and great coaching, which will get my hand raised in victory.”
Gesta wrote in a tweet: “I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to fight the great champion Jorge Linares.”
Excited & grateful for this opportunity to fight the great champion @JorgeLinares on 1/27/18 LA Forum on @HBOboxing After Dark. Thank you @GoldenBoyBoxing @Micheladatime @OscarDeLaHoya and all the sanctioning organizations for this fight. #LinaresGesta #Boxing #wildcardboxing pic.twitter.com/Vgn4t1RvxL
— Mercito Gesta (@TheRealMGesta) November 27, 2017