Media Press Conference – Linares vs. Gesta

Media Press Conference – Linares vs. Gesta

Article Credit:  Golden Boy Promotions (GoldenBoyPromotions.com) – Press@GoldenBoyPromotions.com

 

LUCAS ‘LA MAQUINA’ MATTHYSSE AND MERCITO ‘NO MERCY’ GESTA SANTA MONICA PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEO
 
VACANT WBA WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CROWN ON THE LINE AS MATTHYSSE LOOKS FOR FIRST WORLD TITLE OF IMPRESSIVE CAREER AGAINST UNDEFEATED THAI SENSATION TEWA KIRAM
 
JORGE “EL NIÑO DE ORO” LINARES TO DEFEND HIS WBA, WBC DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAINST MERCITO ‘NO MERCY’ GESTA
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018 TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®
 
Tickets on sale this Thursday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 a.m. PT!
 

(L-R: Joel Diaz, Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta, and Freddie Roach pose for photos.)
Photo/Video Credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
 
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2017): Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs), the current WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International Welterweight Champion of Chubut, Argentina held a press conference today at Malbec Argentinean Cuisine in Santa Monica ahead of his fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship against undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) in a 12-round battle at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. In the second main event, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs), who was also in attendance, will challenge Venezuela’s Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) in a 12-round championship bout for Linares’ WBA, WBC Diamond, and Ring Magazine lightweight titles. The event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
(L-R: Joel Diaz, Lucas Matthysse, Roberto Diaz, Mercito Gesta, and Freddie Roach on the dais.)
 
Here’s what today’s participants had to say at today’s press conference:
LUCAS “LA MAQUINA” MATTHYSSE, WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight and WBO International Welterweight Champion:
“I’m happy to be back in the United States. We’re preparing well. I’ve had a great camp. I started camp early in Argentina, and now I’m looking forward to closing camp with Joel Diaz in Indio, California. I don’t train for the knockout, but if the knockout comes, I’ll welcome it. I fought everyone at 140. I want to do the same as I did at 140; I want to fight the best.”
MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA, Lightweight Contender:

“I know it will be a tough fight. I’m a challenger, an underdog. But I love that feeling. It makes me hungrier, train harder and box smarter. I’ve worked with Jorge [Linares] before with some sparring. I know sparring is different, but I did well. Still, I know his style and power. With the help of Coach Freddie, we’ll have the right strategy. I am hungry for this title. I’ll do anything to get that title. I will give a good show in that fight.”
FREDDIE ROACH, Trainer to Mercito Gesta:
We’re in a real tough fight. My guy [Mercito Gesta] is definitely getting ready for this fight. We’re going over a lot of strategy. We started sparring yesterday, and it went well. We still have a lot of time to work a little more. He’s looking good so far. I feel we can win this fight. This is a good opportunity for us and we have to take advantage of it as much as we can.”
JOEL DIAZ, Trainer to Lucas Matthysse: 

“I’m really happy to be part of Lucas Matthysse’s team. He’s a great fighter. Coming in he’s very motivated. In my first fight him with him, he did really well with Emmanuel Taylor. Coming in to his second fight, he was motivated and happy. I always say that a happy fighter is a successful fighter. You’re going to see a great Matthysse, one who is ready to become world champion.”
 
ROBERTO DIAZ, Head Matchmaker of Golden Boy Promotions:
“On January 27, Argentine knockout artist “La Maquina” Matthysse will battle Thai superstar Tewa Kiram in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship at the “Fabulous” Forum.That night, Golden Boy Promotions will have a double main event at the Forum, with Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares battling the once-defeated Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta in a 12-round fight for Linares’ WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships.”
 

“Lucas Matthysse is a power puncher who is one of the best 140-pounders of this era and has defeated some of the very best of that division. Mathysse recently entered welterweight division when he stopped Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor, and he is ready to fight the very best at welterweight.”
“Gesta has not tasted defeat in six fights, beating quality opponents including Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez and former contender Martin “El Brochas” Honorio. He is hungry for this fight and for this chance to be world champion.”
EVELYN CARRION, Vice President of Special Events for the “Fabulous” Forum:
“We’ve hosted the best of boxing and more than 400 important fights since it opened in 1967, including fights with Muhammed Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Ken Norton and Shane Mosley. We’ve also hosted many more recent fighters as well. Today we are honored to welcome back Jorge Linares and Mercito Gesta, and we are thrilled to add Lucas Matthysse and Tewa Kiram to the great list of champs who have fought at our historic venue. All of us at the Forum are happy to welcome our friends at Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Boxing.
 
Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight
World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions.The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
 
For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.hbo.com/boxing, follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @hboboxing; become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow the conversation using #MatthysseKiram.
 
Tickets for Matthysse vs. Kiram are priced at $10, $25, $50 and $100, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person, go on sale Thursday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. PST.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or the Forum Box Office (Monday through Friday11:00 a.m. PST to 7:00 p.m. PST) at (310) 330-7300.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
 
Photos and videos are available to download by clicking here or copying and pasting the link http://bit.ly/MatthysseKiram into a browser. Credit must be given to Golden Boy Promotions for photos and videos used.
 
CONTACTS: 
Ramiro Gonzalez/Gabriel Rivas, Golden Boy Promotions: (213) 489-5631
Stefan Friedman/Kristen Rockwell Caloca, Mercury: (424) 202-1671
Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361
Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052
Maxie Solters, the Forum: (818) 761-6100
Credentials: magnamedia.com
Jorge Linares vs. Mercito Gesta – Championship Fight

Jorge Linares vs. Mercito Gesta – Championship Fight

Press Release from Golden Boy Promotions on 11/27/17:

LUCAS ‘LA MAQUINA’ MATTHYSSE AND JORGE ‘EL NINO DE ORO’ LINARES TO KICK OFF 2018 WITH A BANG IN TWO WORLD TITLE FIGHTS AT LOS ANGELES’ ‘FABULOUS’ FORUM
 
VACANT WBA WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CROWN ON THE LINE AS MATTHYSSE LOOKS FOR FIRST WORLD TITLE OF IMPRESSIVE CAREER AGAINST UNDEFEATED THAI SENSATION TEWA KIRAM
 
 LINARES TO DEFEND HIS WBA, WBC DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAINT MERCITO ‘NO MERCY’ GESTA
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018
TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 27, 2017): Two of the world’s most exciting fighters, Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) and Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs), will kick off the 2018 boxing year with a bang as they compete in separate world championship bouts on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California. This special double main event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:20 p.m. ET/PT.
 
The first co-main event will see the 35-year-old Matthysse, an absolutely thunderous puncher out of Chubut, Argentina, facing undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (38-0. 28 KOs) in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship.
 
“I am honored to be able to fight for a world championship in just my second fight at welterweight,” said Matthysse, a former interim world champion at 140 pounds who has defeated the likes of former two-division champion Lamont “Havoc” Peterson, formerWBO Junior Welterweight Champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikovand former three-division titlist Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto. “I understand I am facing a younger, undefeated opponent, but I am confident that ‘The Machine’ will emerge victorious.”
 
Since turning pro at the age of 15, Kiram has torn through an astounding 38 opponents, with 28 of them never hearing the final bell. He won the interim PABA Welterweight Championship in just his sixth fight and defended it – and the full PABA Welterweight title – more than 30 times over seven years. This will mark his first fight outside of Thailand.
 
“I understand not many people know me in the U.S., but they are in for a big surprise on Jan. 27,” Kiram said. “I have never been defeated, and I am fully confident that I will return to Thailand with the WBA Welterweight World Championship around my waist.”
 
In the second co-main event, Linares, a 32-year-old Venezuelan considered one of the top fighters in the world, will make his second trip to the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in a row to defend his multiple lightweight world championships against the once-defeated Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs).
 
“I have travelled all over the world to win and defend my titles, and I am looking forward to having my hand raised in victory once again in America,” said Linares, the three-division world champion who holds victories over world champions and contenders such as Anthony “Million Dollar” CrollaKevin “Mighty” Mitchell and Gamaliel “El Platano” Diaz. “I know that Gesta has speed and power, but he hasn’t been at this level before, and on Jan. 27, he’ll know what it’s like to face a world champion.”
 
Gesta, a 30-year-old from the Philippines, has not tasted defeat in six fights, beating quality opponents including Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez and former contender Martin “El Brochas” Honorio. Gesta is getting his second shot at a world championship more than five years after dropping a unanimous decision to Miguel “Titere” Vazquez for the IBF World Lightweight Championship.
 
“I know firsthand how long it takes to get a shot at a world championship, and I will not allow this opportunity to pass me by,” Gesta said. “I understand Linares is a great fighter, but I know I have the skills, speed, power, and great coaching which will get my hand raised in victory.” 
 
“What a way to kick of 2018 – with two of the top fighters in the sport taking on younger, hungry challengers,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “It’s not often you get two main events on one card, but that is what we will have on Jan. 27 at the “Fabulous” Forum. This card will help keep the momentum that boxing established in 2017.”
 
“This is a very important fight for Argentine boxing, for Lucas Matthysse and for Arano Box,” said Mario Arano of Arano Boxing. “Matthysse is ready to be a world champion, and we are more than sure that his win will make huge waves throughout the entirety of the Republic of Argentina and South America.”
 
“Thailand has never had a Welterweight World champion before,” said Taweesin Terry Laosuwanwat, Manager and Promoter of Kiram. “We are making history here, and Tewa [Kiram] will do anything to win this fight. Tewa has never lost before, and he will keep his undefeated record against Matthysse.”
 
The remainder of the undercard and the ticket information for this stacked event will be announced shortly.
 
Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken PromotionsThe event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” This special double main event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at The ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:20 p.m. ET/PT.
 
Photos and videos are available to download by clicking hereor copying and pasting the link http://bit.ly/MatthysseKiram into a browser. Credit must be given to Golden Boy Promotions for photos and videos used.
 
For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.comand www.hbo com/boxing, follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @hboboxing; become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow the conversation using #MatthysseKiram.
 
About The Forum
The award-winning “Fabulous” Forum, located in Inglewood, CA, is the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment, in addition to select sporting events. The interior of the bowl features flexible seating that ranges from 17,500 seats to 7,000 seats, enabling the venue to attract a wide variety of premier events. Fans at the Forum enjoy approximately 8,000 square feet of event level hospitality offerings, including merchandise, along with food and beverage options from some of SoCal’s most celebrated brands. A tinted glass wall separates this concession area from the arena, ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. A 40,000 square foot outdoor terrace surrounds the perimeter of the building and offers food and beverage options, as well as comfortable furnishings, to further elevate guests’ enjoyment. The Forum delivers a one-of-a-kind experience for all thanks to its superior acoustics, intimate ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities. Designed with entertainers and performers in mind, the venue includes nine, star-caliber dressing rooms that provide unparalleled comfort. The Forum is part of The Madison Square Garden Company’s portfolio of iconic venues, which also includes: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. For more information, please visit www.fabulousforum.com.

CONTACTS: 
Ramiro Gonzalez/Gabriel Rivas, Golden Boy Promotions: (213) 489-5631
Stefan Friedman/Kristen Rockwell Caloca, Mercury: (424) 202-1671
Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361
Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052
Maxie Solters, The Forum: (818) 761-6100
And The New Mr. & Mrs. Mercito Gesta!

And The New Mr. & Mrs. Mercito Gesta!

Photo Credit:  Claire @ ClaireAndCo.com

On October 20, 2017, Mercito “No Mercito” Gesta married his loving fiance Summer in a very intimate wedding ceremony at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Laguna Nigel.  Family and friends celebrate the much anticipated wedding of the year, which was fun of love and happiness.

Shortly afterwards, the newlyweds and close family and friends gathered at Cannons Seafood Grill at Dana Point to end the night with dinner and celebration!

As Mercito stated on his Instagram Page (@TheRealMGesta):  “We started as friends in 2010, then two years later we fell in love.  After three years we got engaged, and now we are getting married. We’ve been through a lot of challenges and obstacles together, but through it all you have always been there for me.  You have never given up on me, and I truly admire your unconditional love for me.  You are my rock, my soulmate, and my other half.  That is why I am marrying this wonderful and beautiful woman in my life. This is the week of our wedding my laaby.  I’m excited for us!  I love you!”

Congratulations and best wishes to “The New” Mr. & Mrs. Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta!

Click on Exclusive Wedding Video Highlights thanks to Ram Nogra.

Exclusive Photos coming shortly.

No Mercy Fans Celebrate Victory #31

No Mercy Fans Celebrate Victory #31

Photo Credit:  Janelle Macasadia

After a Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta successful victory back in April 1, 2017 against Mexico’s Gilberto “El Flacco” Gonazalez (26-4-0), Mercito faced another veteran in the sports of boxing named Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (33-11-1), who is also from Mexico City at the fabulous LA Forum.  The arena was packed with No Mercy fans who cheered him on from opening bell until Mercito claimed victory by referee stoppage in the 8th round.  Mercito’s 31st victory was by TKO despite getting cut twice due to head butts by Martin Honorio.

Overall, Mercito controlled the fight as the Legendary Coach Freddie Roach, Paul Mayorquin, his father Anecito Gesta, and cut-woman Marites Macasadia guided him to victory.  This was the first fight with Coach Freddie Roach in his corner.  As Mercito explained, “Coach Freddie kept me focused and calm.  I love the way he is in the corner.  I just listen to him and follow his guidance and direction.  We have a great dynamic in the corner and I like it a lot”.

Fans from all ages came from various cities in the States and from abroad.  The fight was aired live on RingTV.com promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Check out the EXCLUSIVE FAN PHOTOS