Yesterday, January 8th, it was revealed that American promotional giant Golden Boy Promotions had signed two highly interesting Asian fighters.
One of those is former Lightweight world title challenger Mercito Gesta (28-1-1, 16) who has slowly been rebuilding his career following a loss to Miguel Vazquez back in December 2012. Gesta has won his last 2 bouts, both by stoppage, and appears to be knuckling down looking for another big opportunity. Gesta is popular, exciting and although he's not the next Pacquiao, as some had once hoped, he is a very capable fighter who can certainly pick up a world title somewhere down the line.
The other signing, and for us the more interesting one, is that of Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22). Kamegai is the OPBF Welterweight champion and is a man well known in the US after having fought 5 times in the countries, including thrillers with Robert Guerrero and Jorge Silva. Although not "world class" Kamegai is a fighter we suspect will be used on under-cards to make sure that shows have some excitement and that is something he always brings, whether he wins or loses.
At the moment it seems both deals are "exclusive" deals however Kamegai is still listed on the Teiken roster of fighters suggesting he will be co-promoted by both Teiken and Golden Boy Promotions, similar to the deal the two companies share in regards to WBC Lightweight champion Jorge Linares.
Neither man has yet got a date for their next fight though we suspect both will be in action sooner rather than later.
(Image courtesy of http://www.goldenboypromotions.com)
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