Gesta wants title shot, may move up in weight

Posted at 07/23/2012 8:43 PM | Updated as of 07/31/2012 11:45 AM

MANILA, Philippines –(UPDATED, CORRECTED) Unbeaten Filipino boxer Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta wants a shot at a lightweight championship but is also willing to move up to the light-welterweight division for a title fight.

Gesta, who started his career at 110-pounds, has a record of 25 wins and one draw. He is set to fight Ty Barnett on August 3 and hopes to get a title fight after that.

“I would like to win a title at 135 (pounds), then move up to 140 (pounds),” Gesta told Phil D. Jay of World Boxing News, in a story that also appears at Boxing Scene.

“It’s been hard to get (a title shot) at 135,” he admitted. “If an opportunity came at 140 first, then I’ll fight at light-welterweight.”

“I will fight whoever they put in front of me, but the plan has always been 135 first, then go for 140.”

Gesta has been on the brink of title fights before, and was even linked to a potential fight against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez.

Those fights never pushed through, however, but Gesta insists he still wants to fight the best lightweights in the world.

“I have stopped worrying about when the title shot will come. It’s been close a couple of times, but it didn’t work out,” Gesta said.

“They say my name isn’t big enough yet to risk fighting me, so I’m building my name and my fan base, and it will happen when it happens,” he added.

Gesta said he will remain ready when the top lightweights in boxing accept his challenge.

But the Filipino boxer said he is focused on his upcoming fight against Barnett, who holds a record of 20 wins against two losses.

“I don’t really know too much about Barnett. I’ve watched some footage but I leave that to Vince (Parra, his manager) and my dad (Aniceto Gesta). They watch the tapes, and we make the plan,” Gesta said.

“I know (Barnett) doesn’t respect me, and that’s enough for me. I’ll be ready come August 3,” he added.