Father wants Gesta to be two-fisted fighter


Posted at Jul 23 2012 02:39 PM | Updated as of Jul 23 2012 10:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The father and trainer of unbeaten Filipino boxer Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta is working on developing his son’s right hand in order to make him a two-fisted boxer.

Gesta is a natural southpaw but his father and trainer, Anecito, told Dennis Guillermo of Examiner that they are working on improving his right hand. 

“I’ve been sharpening his right hand,” Anecito said. “He’s used to being a southpaw, but I have been developing his right hand.”

Anecito said he is teaching his son “techniques so he can utilize it more effectively.”

But it is not only Gesta’s right hand that needs to be improved; Anecito said “there are so many things” his son can improve on.

“I want him to keep on improving his endurance and stamina... I push him every day to work harder,” he said.

The younger Gesta, with a record of 25 wins and one draw, will face American boxer Ty Barnett (with 20 wins, two losses and one draw) in an ESPN Friday Night Fights card on August 3.

Anecito believes his son can win by knockout against Barnett.

“Their power cancels each other out. But I think Mercito will be faster, and if we do things right, he is capable of scoring a knockout win,” he said.

Gesta is coming off an eighth-round technical knockout victory against Oscar Cuero last April in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Gesta knocked down Cuero in the seventh and eighth rounds before the bout was stopped.

Barnett, meanwhile, is coming off a seventh-round technical knockout victory over Robert DaLuz last May.