We have been informed that popular Filipino Light Welterweight contender Mercito Gesta (28-1-1, 16) will return to the ring on April 30th to battle against American Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7).
For those wondering Gesta won't be fighting Carlos Molina the former Light Middleweight champion, instead it's the Carlos Molina who lost to both Amir Khan and Adrien Broner, though did begin his career 17-0-1 and has only lost to the two former world champions.
From what we understand this bout will be shown on Fox Sports in the US and will act as a platform for the winner to advance towards a Light Welterweight world title fight. It is however only the next step towards a big bout and even a blow out win won't put the winner into immediate contention.
For Gesta this is a big step up from last two bouts. They were both against very limited opposition and both saw Gesta taking home stoppages without taking too much in return. This is however a potential banana skin for the Filipino and given that Molina has mixed in good company this will act as a measuring stick for Gesta. An impressive win, such as an early stoppage, will get Gesta a lot of attention however a struggle may well see ~Gesta needing to try even harder to prove his ability. Sadly a loss for Gesta would almost certainly see him thrown on the proverbial scrap heap.
For those curious about the venue, it will take place at the Fox Sports Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, United States, the same venue which is set to host the Yoshihiro Kamegai Vs Alfonso Gomez bout a little later today.
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