Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. captured the NABO Lightweight Title against Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (35-2, 28 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona via 10-round majority decision victory in the main event of the June 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. One judge scored the fight a 95-95 draw, which was overruled by two scores of 96-94 in Gesta’s favor.
“I feel good, though I’m surprised he moved so much,” said Mercito Gesta. “I was really eager to cut the distance and hit him. My trainer Freddie [Roach] told me I needed to land more combinations, but it’s clear that Manzanarez is tough and can take a punch. I can’t wait for what’s next.”
“I felt I won this fight,” said Roberto Manzanarez. “I dominated more rounds than Gesta. I kept him at a distance and controlled the pace. I kept touching him with long shots. I want the rematch, but I have to check with my team to see what’s next.” Continue reading “Gesta tops Manzanarez for NABO 135lb title”