Ryan Garcia will face skilled former title challenger Mercito Gesta at a venue in both Texas or California on both January 21 or 28, sources inform The Ring.
Texas is believed to be the entrance runner for the combat, which is able to happen within the junior welterweight division. The combat will likely be a tune-up for the rising contender’s pay-per-view showdown with Gervonta Davis.
The 2-weight titleholder Davis (27-0, 25 knockouts) will face reigning WBA junior light-weight titlist Hector Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs) on Showtime Pay-Per-View on January 7. Each bouts are seen as a prelude to Davis and Garcia dealing with off in Las Vegas at a catchweight of 136 kilos on April 15.
Garcia (23-0, 19 knockouts), who’s rated No. 3 by The Ring at 135 kilos, is a social media phenom, with thousands and thousands of followers (9 million on Instagram). There have been query marks as as to whether Garcia’s achievements would stay as much as his outside-the-ring persona. He has since allayed a number of the doubters by showcasing his vaunted energy towards Romero Duno (KO 1), Francisco Fonseca (KO 1) and two-time title challenger Luke Campbell (TKO 7).
The 24-year-old didn’t combat for 15 months attributable to psychological well being considerations however knocked off the ring rust when he dominated Emmanuel Tagoe, successful a unanimous resolution. In his most up-to-date outing, “King Ry” appeared very spectacular, knocking out wily campaigner Javier Fortuna in six rounds.
Gesta (33-3-3, 17 KOs) turned skilled in his native Philippines in 2003. The southpaw stayed unbeaten earlier than switching his base of operations to the U.S. in 2007. After beginning his profession at 26-0-1, he misplaced his unbeaten report to Miguel Vazquez (UD 12) in an IBF 135-pound title tilt in December 2012.
The 35-year-old Gesta misplaced a unanimous resolution in his second world title try towards Jorge Linares in January 2018, and adopted that with a majority resolution win over once-beaten Robert Manzanarez later that yr. He has gone 1-1-1 in his final three, with a ninth spherical knockout loss to Juan Antonio Rodriguez and a draw with Carlos Morales in 2019, adopted up by a unanimous resolution over Joel Diaz Jr. in April.
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