“No Mercy” Pinoy boxer gets 2nd chance for belt as he challenges Venezuelan lightweight champ

Image by Mercito Gesta's Tweet, Pinterest

“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.

Gesta has a record of 31W-1L-2D with 17 victories coming by way of knockout, while Linares has a 43W-3L-0D record with 27 wins by knockout.

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.”