The hugely popular Mercito Gesta (26-1-1, 14) is set to return to the ring on April 11th after more than a year out of the ring.
Gesta, originally from Mandaue City though now based in San Diego, will be fighting a yet to be named opponent at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego on a show dubbed "Ringside at Del Mar".
Gesta was once considered to be one of the most promising young Filipino prospects with many expecting him to be a future world champion. Unfortunately the exciting youngster let his biggest chance slip by as he fought IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez and appeared to spend more time admiring his surroundings than fighting the Mexican champion.
The performance against Vazquez was embarrassing considering the expectation and hype on Gesta. Since then though he has had time to think about his future, rediscover his desire for the sport and realise that what he did against Vazquez was very disappointing to say the least. He'll now know that he needs a great performance to remind fans what he's about when he's in full flow and this is expected from him in April.
Although Gesta may be the forgotten man of the Lightweight division we're hoping that his lay off will have actually done him the world of good and helped him recharge his batteries. A win or two would see him back in the mix and with his fan base, usually aggressive style and likeable personality there is little stopping him from emerging as a top contender again. Whether he will make the leap from contender to champion is the big question though we'd love to see Gesta at least try, something he didn't really do against Vazquez.
(Photo courtesy of boxrec.com)
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