Jorge Linares Shines in His Victory over Mercito Gesta, and Lucas Matthysse Captivates the Crowd with a Vicious Knockout of Tewa Kiram
January 27, 2018
Anthony Saldana (77 articles)
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Jorge Linares Shines in His Victory over Mercito Gesta, and Lucas Matthysse Captivates the Crowd with a Vicious Knockout of Tewa Kiram

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

Saturday night at the “Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, in front of a crowd 6143, Golden Boy Promotions kicked off 2018 with a huge world championship double header. In front of an electric Southern California crowd the current WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International Welterweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (38-4, 35 KO’s) took on the undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KO’s) in a 12- round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight Title. For Matthysse this was the second fight under the tutelage of trainer Joel Diaz and from the opening bell the size advantage was clearly in favor of the much taller Kiram. Both fighters used the first few rounds as a felling out rounds as Kiram stayed outside and utilized his jab while Matthysse focused on trying to get inside and cut off the ring in a very technical fight. By midway through the third round the boo birds came out in force as neither fighter felt the need to engage. It wasn’t until the 8th when Matthysse caught Kiram with a straight left followed by a vicious right hook to floor his opponent. Kiram beat the count and just seconds later was caught with another straight left, this time after about a second delay Kiram was completely knocked out. After the bout Matthysse stated “I’m really happy. He moved really well, and he was really big. That’s why it was hard to cut the distance. I didn’t feel his power, so that’s why I was able to find him later and stop him. I’m here for the best and biggest names. I want the rematch with Danny Garcia or Manny Pacquiao. Those are the big fights I want, though of course  that will be up to Mario Arano and Golden Boy Promotions.”

 

In the Co-main event WBA, WBC Diamond, and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KO’s) put his titles on the line against a So. Cal favorite and lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KO’s) from San Diego California. Linares wasted no time in applying pressure early and often as the game Gesta stood in the pocket and exchanged with the champion in good back and forth battle. Then in the third Linares began using quick combinations as he slowly began picking apart the outmatched Filipino fighter, Gesta who seemed to have no answer for the offense of Linares. Gesta began to pick up the pace in the middle rounds, but never could quite match the speed of Linares who seemed to easily outbox Gesta throughout much of this highly contested battle. After 12 action packed rounds of boxing two of the judges scored the fight 118-110, and the third judge scored the fight 117-111 all in favor of “El Niño De Oro” Jorge Linares.“I fought against a world champion, and that was a great privilege,” said Mercito Gesta. “He adjusted well to my style after the first couple of rounds. Overall, I am proud of myself for taking this tough fight, and I know me and coach Freddie Roach came in with the best game plan, we just fell a little short.” After the fight Linares stated “I didn’t really feel his power, though I hurt my hand in the fourth or fifth round. I threw my right hand without really putting too much power into it. I wasn’t touching him. There wasn’t a knockout because he was well prepared.” Linares went on to say “Like I said to Oscar De La Hoya, I don’t want to mention names for my next opponent. You know what’s nice? That people mention my name. That’s fine that they mention my name, but let’s get them in the ring. Let them get in the ring with me.”

 

Other Bouts include

 

Super Lightweights –Marcelino Nicolas Lopez (34-2-1, 18 KO’s) vs Breidis Prescott (33-13, 22 KO’s) Result; Marcelino Lopez comes away with a 5th round Knockout.“Boxing is a beautiful sport, that is so exhilarating – but to get a knockout is the best part and what we train for,” said Marcelino Lopez. “It takes sacrifice to leave your home country, and be able to focus and get a win like this is so satisfying. I want to thank Joel Diaz, who has taken me in like his family and has helped me improve and refine my style.”

 

Welterweights – Daquan Pauldo (17-1, 9 KO’s) vs Osbaldo Camacho Gonzales (6-2, 4 KO’s) Results; Daquan Pauldo wins by Unanimous Decision. “I thought the judges were going to stop the fight after the third round because his nose was torn up,” said Daquan Pauldo. “I would give myself a 5.5 for my performance – it’s been two and a half years since I’ve been able to be consistent in the ring, and I think both me and my promoter would agree that what I need is to be more consistent with my training. I needed to move a lot more inside the ring, and be more active inside.”

 

Lightweights – Romero Duno (16-1, 14 KO’s) vs Yardley Cruz (22-10, 9 KO’s) Result; Duno by 1st round KO “I wasn’t expecting to knock him out in the first round,” said Romero Duno. “I can’t even remember if I actually hurt him. My coach told me to go in there and use my jab and to keep calm, but I just got really excited and the next thing I knew I won.”

 

Featherweights – Tenochtitlan Nava (7-1, 1 KO) vs Francisco Esparza (7-0-1, 3 KO’s) Result; Francisco Esparza wins by TKO at the 1:43 mark of the 6th round “We were expecting a knock out by the eight round, so we were glad that it happened earlier,” said Francisco Esparza. “I’m trained by former world champion Fernando Vargas, and is an important mentor and helped me execute a game plan where we broke down Nava. Hopefully, I’ll be fighting in my hometown of Las Vegas in May.”

 

Featherweights – Ferdinand Kerobyan (8-0, 4 KO’s) vs Lucius Johnson (4-2, 3 KO’s) Result; Ferdinand Kerobyan wins by Unanimous Decision.“The energy was incredible tonight! I was glad to have the support of the fans and my Armenian community,” said Ferdinand Kerobyan. “I’m just ready to start stepping up the level of competition I am facing and I want to be able to start fighting for some regional titles soon.”

 

Featherweights – Francisco Javier Martinez (5-0, 3 KO’s) vs Danny Flores (15-12, 8 KO’s) Result; Francisco Martinez wins by Unanimous Decision after the fight Martinez stated.

“I am not proud of my performance, it was really hard to adjust and get into the rhythm of things,” said Javier Martinez. “This sport is all about taking steps forward, and I just have to take from all my mistakes and improve from this point.”

 

All Photos by Jason Robles @Decomp for #SupremeBoxing

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