Jorge Linares vs Mercito Gesta

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Jorge Linares vs Mercito Gesta
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Date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Location: 
The Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
135
Titles at Stake: 
WBA, WBC Diamond & The Ring Lightweight World Title
Referee: 
Jack Reiss

Official Judging
Esther Lopez 118 - 110
Max DeLuca 118 - 110
Eddie Hernandez Sr 117 - 111

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WBA lightweight world champion, Venezuelan, Jorge Linares defends his title against challenger Mercito Gesta, in California, Gesta, an underdog, but rarely defeated, and his trainer, world class coach, Freddie Roach, extremely confident his fighter will get the upset win.

The fight begins at a steady pace, but both are intent on finding openings to catch the other with a good shot. Surprisingly, the first 2 rounds are more or less even, as they land a similarly small amount of punches, Gesta, the aggressor, landing with more force, Linares, landing a couple of clean punches.

The fight is interesting, Linares is challenged, but in round 3, his skill begins to play a real part in the fight, as both guys are focused, insistent not to make mistakes, but Linares is able to exploit any mistakes Gesta does make, and his timing, experience becomes more relevant in the fight.

As the rounds go by, it gets less competitive, as Linares doesn't give Gesta the ground to exchange, he frustrates the challenger, and often enough, he puts the picks up the points by landing clean shots on the counter, his speed, in hand and foot, a factor. Linares doesn't seem to be hurting Gesta, but for about 6 straight rounds, the fight is comfortable for the champion.

A mile behind, Gesta begins to take more chances in the last quarter of the fight, throwing more shots, Linares having moved around the ring a lot, slowing down a little bit, allowing Gesta to exchange shots against the champion more often. Linares, not needing every round, lowers his output, and aggressive Gesta, begins to have success, landing the occasional clean shot, but Linares's defence, movement, experience disallows Gesta from really rallying, he doesn't hit the champion with a lot, and Linares is still able to land good shots on the counter.

Gesta, having lost most rounds, had not one really good round, has to go for broke in the last round, wisely, Linares seems to coast. Gesta seems to hurt Linares slightly with a snapping left hand, but Linares uses his mobility, and the challenger is unable to follow it up, and needing to put the champion on the floor to win the fight, the challenger is left chasing shadows.

To no surprise, the judges all score Linares a winner, and by wide margins, two judges, 118-110, the other 117-111.

Jorge Linares successfully defends his world title.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Jorge Linares
                                                                    
9.33
9.55
10
10
10
10
10
10
9.66
9.66
10
9.11
Mercito Gesta
                                                                    
9.66
9.44
9
9
9
9
9
9
9.33
9.33
9
9.88


Fan Cards: Jorge Linares vs Mercito Gesta


scorecard by THEUNDEFEATED
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
118
MERCITO GESTA
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
110


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
118
MERCITO GESTA
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
110


scorecard by BOXING PURIST
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
MERCITO GESTA
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
117
MERCITO GESTA
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
111


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
117
MERCITO GESTA
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
111


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
117
MERCITO GESTA
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
111


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
117
MERCITO GESTA
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
111


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
118
MERCITO GESTA
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
110


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
117
MERCITO GESTA
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
111


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I think this is a stay busy fight for Linares, he had two tough fights in 2017, won both, looked great in both, boxed well, put both guys on the floor, but he was pushed hard in both, especially against Campbell, so Linares deserves his next fight not to be a long, tough fight. You never know with these banana skin fights, where the underdog is written off, and when the fight takes place, it is actually a really tough fight for the champion. Linares will take no chances I think, he'll be prepared for Gesta to be better than he's ever been before, every opponent is dangerous, and a world champion should always fight, prepared to dig deep.

Gesta will come to fight, he's not too old, his record his 31-1, which is not bad, but he hasn't won at a high level, he drew with Carlos Molina, a fighter who lost every round and was retired on his stool by Amir Khan, and was comprehensively outboxed by Adrien Broner, and his only previous world title shot, Gesta, was against Miguel Vazquez, he lost by landslide margins on all three scorecards, Vazquez, a solid fighter, but no Mayweather, no Lomachenko, Crawford.

I think the difference in levels will be apparent from the start, as a tough, determined Gesta tries his best, but round after round, takes punishment, becomes more of easy target round by round, and though he might land the occasional decent shot himself, he will have to really put forward a lot of effort, merely to have any success. I think Gesta will tough it out for a while, this is the fight of his life, but he isn't a devastating puncher, it is so hard to pin Linares down, build on it if you do hurt him, he is so fleet footed, I don't see any way Gesta can give Linares problems. My prediction is Linares by TKO, I think in 8 rounds.

Champion97's picture

Good performance from Jorge Linares!
I don't think he was quite as good in this fight as he was against Crolla and Campbell, but the was still a good display of boxing skills, his defence, overall, was great.
I think Gesta was underrated, he did well, tried his best, and for 2 rounds, it looked like an even fight, there was nothing in it, for brief periods as well, Gesta looked like not only the aggressor, but also as if he could hurt Linares, but Linares, too quick, agile, and he was always able to use his speed, skill, he moved out of range, and fired off either a single shot or a combination to confirm he was still in control of the fight. Gesta took all the punches very well, he was caught sweet as a nut, occasionally, with the right hand or uppercut, and he kept moving forward, never really gained respect for Linares's power, but I think in the late rounds, there was a slight reaction to the right hand, that is a taxing shot to keep taking.
I think Gesta did hurt Linares in that last round with that left hand, it did look for a second, like it was going to go horribly wrong for Linares, but all he had to do was see out that round, he had built a very long lead, out classed his opponent.
Linares was great with feints, at one point, he even backed Gesta up and wrecked an offensive burst of his, with just a feint, it is I think a clever veteran's trick that is learned with experience, but boosted by speed, and I think certainly, Linares's speed makes his skill a lot harder to negate.
Overall, this was a good performance from Linares, at times, quite often, he was superb, Gesta is no bum, but I think Linares is slowly but surely declining, and as time goes on, I think the slimmer the chances are of him beating Mikey Garcia or Vasyl Lomachenko if either of those fights happen, but I do still think he could well be the biggest threat to both of them.

Boxing Purist's picture

Entertaining fight despite the lopsided scores.