Former two-time lightweight world title challenger Mercito Gesta and up-and-comer Roberto Manzanarez will square off in the 10-round main event of the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card on June 14, Golden Boy Promotions announced Thursday.
The card will take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, with the ESPN telecast beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs), 30, a Philippines native fighting out of San Diego, will be looking to rebound from a lopsided decision loss challenging then-lightweight world champion Jorge Linares on Jan. 27. Gesta's only other defeat also came in a world title fight when he lost a similarly wide unanimous decision to then-135-pound titleholder Miguel Vazquez in 2012.
"I can't wait to get back into the ring and put on a great show against Roberto Manzanarez," Gesta said. "Roberto is a young, tall, talented and a hungry fighter with an outstanding fight record. I've been training hard with my dad, my team and coach Freddie Roach, and come June 14, Robert and I will give the boxing fans a great fight."
Roberto Manzanarez (36-1, 29 KOs), 23, a southpaw from Phoenix, has fought primarily in Mexico but will face Gesta in his third fight in the United States. He has not lost since suffering a sixth-round stoppage loss in 2012.
"This fight is very important for me," Manzanarez said. "All fights are important, but this one is the most important one because winning this fight will earn me more opportunities. I'm working on everything in the gym. I know the style of Mercito Gesta and I know that he's fast. But I'm working very hard to win this fight."
In the co-feature, featherweight Edgar Valerio (13-0, 8 KOs), 23, of Mexico, will fight Manny Robles III (15-0, 7 KOs), 23, of Los Angeles, in a scheduled 10-rounder for a regional belt.
"I will give the fans a great fight. Without a doubt, this clash of undefeated prospects will exceed expectations and emotions," Valerio said. "I await a great productive night of boxing for my team and myself."
Said Robles, "Valerio is a good, talented fighter, but it's nothing I haven't seen before. I never underestimate anyone. That's why I'm training my butt off. I understand this is the biggest fight of my career. The only thing I'm worried about is my opponent and being victorious."