Joel Diaz Jr. vs. Mercito Gesta Workout Quotes
Palmdale’s Joel Diaz, Jr. (26-2, 22 KOs) and San Diego’s
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (32-3-3, 17 KOs) hosted a media
workout today ahead of their 10-round lightweight fight on
Thursday, April 21st at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in
Indio, CA. Also in attendance was undefeated prospect Manuel
Flores (11-0, 8 KOs) of Coachella, CA, who is set to face
the veteran Victor Ruiz (23-12, 16 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico
in an 8-round super bantamweight fight.
The card will feature other Southern California prospect
fighters including Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (11-0-1, 10 KOs)
from Glendora, CA, taking on Jairo Lopez (27-14, 17 KOs) of
Apodaca, Mexico in an 8-round co-main lightweight bout. Also
on the card, San Diego’s top prospect Jorge Chavez (1-0, 1
KOs) is scheduled for a 4-round super featherweight fight
against Miguel Marquez (0-2) from Phoenix, AZ. Finally, Los
Cabos, Mexico’s Jan Salvatierra (7-1, 3 KOs) will
participate in a 6-round flyweight event against Ernie
Marquez (10-17-2, 3 KOs) of Fort Morgan, CO. The fights will
be streamed live on DAZN worldwide and also on the Golden
Boy Boing YouTube channel starting at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00
Below are what the fighter’s had to say about their upcoming
JOEL DIAZ, JR, LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDER:
“I feel on top of the world headlining a card on Golden Boy
and DAZN. This is a big opportunity for me and I will make
sure to take advantage of it.
“I have some unfinished business at 135. I went up to 140
because a had a good opportunity but I do feel like I still
have a lot to do at 135. This weight is comfortable for me,
and I want to continue where I left off.
“I do have to make a statement against Mercito Gesta to show
who Joel Diaz, Jr. is. Inside of the ring you will see the
brawler but we are going to be more patient and be ready to
go the distance. I have a new trainer. I have new skills and
I am ready to put those skills on display during this
MERCITO GESTA, LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDER:
“I think my experience will give me the edge on this fight.
I need to be smart and use my experience and speed to be
able to secure the victory on Thursday.
“It’s a great comeback fight for me and for him as well. I
know we have both been off for a while but I have kept
myself busy, kept training to stay in shape.
“I have fought hard-hitting guys in the past. I have fought
pressure fighters. When I faced Oscar Mesa he was also a
hard puncher, a knock-out fighter, but I won that fight. So,
it’s not new to me, I am used to this type of fighter. I
feel confident in my abilities and fans will see that on
“I do believe that if I give a good performance on Thursday
I will be put up on the list of the lightweight division and
hopefully get bigger fights. I have been working very hard
everyday even though I didn’t have a fight scheduled. I
wanted to stay busy and stay in shape. Hopefully all the
training and sparring will pay off and I will do very well
MANUEL FLORES, BANTAMWEIGHT PROSPECT:
“This is going to be my second fight this year, but the
first time in my hometown since 2015 when I was still in the
amateurs. It’s a blessing to be able to have the support of
my friends and family here in the Coachella Valley. I am now
able to showcase my skills as a professional.
“My opponent has a lot of experience and I have made sure to
prepare for it. I know he is a south paw so we have selected
sparring partners that are lefties so I can have an idea of
what it will be like to face someone like him.
“I want to get in as many fights as I can this year and
staying active. I like that these shows are at Fantasy
Springs, there is a big boxing fan base here.”