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  Gesta Squeaks By With Majority
Decision Over Manzanarez

By William Trillo


Lightweight Mercito Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs) was given a true test by Robert Manzanarez (36-2, 29 KOs) in the main event of The Golden Boy promoted card in Indio California. Gesta was all business and was bringing his best to the fighter from Mexico but the tall and lanky Manzanarez was handling himself very well.

There were headbutts galore throughout the bout and it was Manzanarez who was coming up on the short end of the clashes. As the fight went on he would get cut over his right eye and suffer more than his share of lumps. Gesta tried to capitalize on the cut but he found out he was in against one tough warrior.

This one went the ten round distance and the judges had it close. Scores read 95-95 and 96-94 twice giving Gesta the razor thin nod. For his efforts Gesta snagged the vacant World Boxing Organization NABO Lightweight Title

After the fight Manjarez stated, I felt I won this fight. I dominated more rounds than Gesta. I kept him at a distance and controlled the pace. I kept touching him with long shots. I want the rematch, but I have to check with my team to see whats next.

Gesta told the media, I feel good, and though Im surprised he moved so much. I was really eager to cut the distance and and hit him. Freddie [Roach] told me I needed to land more combinations, but its clear that Manzanarez is tough and can take a punch. I cant wait for whats next

With the NABF Featherweight title up for grabs Edgar Valerio (13-1 ,9 KOs) took on Manny Robles III (16-0, 8 KOs) in an all Los Angeles battle for the vacant belt. It was nip and tuck from the beginning but a sharp blow sent Valerio to the seat of his pants and momentum went to the side of Robles. But Valerio is scrappy and after he gathered himself he hurt and wobbled Robles, the difference here was that Robles did not go down.

Over the course of the next few rounds Valerio would taste the canvas again, and like before he would get up to stun but not drop Robles. That would be Valerios undoing as in round nine Robles closed the show by dropping and stopping Feliciano in dramatic fashion at the 2:31 of the 9th.

"This was the most important fight of my career and I took care of business," said Manny Robles III. "[Valerio] hurt me with that right hand because I got careless, but thanks to my conditioning I recovered quickly. I had a great camp. I won this fight because I had a great game plan. As you can see, we had something special up our sleeve. After a couple more fights, I would love a world title shot.

In a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle super lightweight Luis Feliciano (7-0, 4 KOs) and Daniel Montoya (11-7, 8 KOs) put on a barn-burner that had the fans on the edge of their seats as the two battled it out for Hispanic bragging rights. Everything changed in round three as Feliciano dropped Montoya to his knees with a stiff combination. Feliciano got out of that round but in round four he was down for the count again but this time the ref waved this one off at the 50 second mark.

I feel great. Were taking things fight by fight, said Luis Feliciano. Im focused on getting better and better. We work on everything in the gym. That body shot I landed has been something Ive had since the amateurs. We work on everything so that we have all the bases covered when we get to a championship level.

Lightweight Luis Arcon (2-0, 2 KOs) opened the show by making quick work of Ricardo Alan Fernandez (3-9-4). Acron jumped on Fernandez from the opening bell and had his foe reeling, how this one got past the first one is anyones guess. Round two was more of the same but again somehow Acron could not stop Fernandez. But, the fight would go no further as everyone agreed this fight didnt need to proceed and Fernandez was invited to take an early shower.

I took this fight on very short notice, said Luis Arcon. I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity with Golden Boy Promotions, so I worked hard and cut the weight to make the fight happen. Hopefully I can come back again soon.

In the walk out bout Super lightweights Herbert Acevedo (15-2, 6 KOs) and David Thomas (6-3-1, 2 KOs) gave the remaining fans 6 rounds of grueling action. Both men traded heavy body blows ad infinitum in each and every round. For those fans who stayed until the very end this fight in and of itself was worth the price of admission. The fight that went to the scorecards saw tallies of 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 give the hard fought battle to Acevedo.


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