Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California - In a crossroads lightweight bout for the NABO title, Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs) won a close ten round majority decision over Roberto "Tito" Manzanarez (35-2, 28 KOs). The scores were 95-95, 96-94, 96-94.
Manzanarez was mostly doing his best to work from the outside, and using some of his advantages in height and reach, while Gesta was keeping things close, applying a lot of pressure and coming forward at all times.
Manzanarez suffered a cut around his right eye at the end of round five.
While Gesta had the advantage in the first five rounds, it was Manzanarez who began to make adjustments and was frustrating Gesta at times when the sixth round started. Gesta was doing his best to cut off the ring in the final rounds, but the action was close when Manzanarez was remaining on the outside and boxing. Gesta almost never stopped punching and seemed to be landing the harder punches.
In the co-feature, a battle of undefeated prospects saw Manny "Chato" Robles III (16-0, 8 KOs) put away Edgar "Kid Neza" Valerio (13-1, 8 KOs) with a ninth round knockout to capture the vacant NABF featherweight title.
In the third round, Robles landed a counter left hook that immediately floored Valerio, who rose to his feet with renewed ferocity to even up the score.
Robles continued his dominance until the eighth round, where Valerio landed a perfectly-timed right hook that stunned and wobbled Robles. After taking a round to recover, Robles landed a right hand that dropped Valerio, which he followed with a fight-finishing flurry to end matters in the ninth round.
Herbert "Ace" Acevedo (15-2, 6 KOs), the latest prospect to join the Westside Boxing Club stable, scored a six-round unanimous decision victory against David Thomas (6-3-1, 2 KOs) of Orange, Texas in a super lightweight bout. Acevedo, a native of Garden City, Kansas, dominated Thomas in every round in a battle of toe-to-toe action.
Luis Feliciano (7-0, 4 KOs) of Utuado, Puerto Rico scored a fourth-round technical knockout victory against Daniel Montoya (11-7, 8 KOs) of Tamauliopas, Mexico in a super lightweight battle initially scheduled for eight rounds.
Luis Arcon (2-0, 2 KOs), a Venezuelan prospect who currently resides in Indio, Calif., scored a technical knockout victory against Ricardo Fernandez (3-9-4) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico at the end of the second round of a scheduled four-round super lightweight battle. Arcon dominated Fernandez from the opening bell, dropping him in the first round and punishing him so badly in second round that the corner was forced to call a halt to the fight before the third round could begin.
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