Gesta calls out unbeaten Broner


Posted at Aug 05 2012 07:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2012 03:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino lightweight boxer Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta called out unbeaten American Adrien Broner following his ninth-round knockout victory over Ty Barnett last Friday in Las Vegas (Saturday in Manila).

Broner, a former super featherweight champion, is set to make a move to the lightweight division and Gesta feels he is the right fighter to welcome him to the weight class.

“I want Adrien Broner next,” Gesta said in an interview with Boxing Scene. “He is a good fighter. He is one of the best, and I want to fight the best. So why not?”

Broner, with a record of 24 wins and 20 KOs, patterns his boxing style after another unbeaten American, Floyd Mayweather Jr. He lost his super featherweight title on the scales after failing to make the weight against Vicente Escobedo last July 21.

He knocked out the unheralded Escobedo in the fifth round.

“He says he’s the best,” Gesta said of Broner. “So he should fight me.”

A fight against Broner is unlike for Gesta, who is promoted by Top Rank, as Broner is under Golden Boy Promotions.

When informed of this, Gesta said that he is willing to fight anybody.

“I want to fight for a title. It doesn’t matter who it’s against,” he said.

Speaking with Dennis Guillermo of Examiner, Gesta said he is willing to fight Miguel Vazquez or Antonio DiMarco.

“I’m ready for that belt and I think my promoters are going to give me a title fight around October,” Gesta said.

Gesta’s record improved to 26 wins with one draw, with 14 wins coming by knockout.