MANILA, Philippines – Lightweight prospect Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta revealed that he used to do Muay Thai before becoming a professional boxer.
Gesta, who trades punches against Ty Barnett on August 3, said he became a Muay Thai fighter at a very young age.
“I actually started in Muay Thai and kickboxing when I was five or six years old," the US-based Cebuano said in Top Rank News.
"My dad, Anecito, was a professional in Muay Thai in the Philippines.”
But when he realized that boxing is more popular in the Philippines, he decided to make a switch.
“So I went to a gym in Liloan, Cebu, to train. I did pretty well, so my Dad said I could box. I then moved to the US in November 2006," said Gesta, who remains unbeaten in 25 fights.
The Gesta-Barnett bout will serve as the main event of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.
Gesta is scheduled to hold a media day on Wednesday at the Black House Gym in San Diego, California to promote the Barnett fight.