Freddie Roach Talks Linares vs Gesta Pre-Fight – This Saturday night sees once-beaten Mercito Gesta (31-1-2) face WBA world lightweight champion Jorge Linares in one of two world title fights on HBO.
Well known trainer Freddie Roach has been working with Gesta in the build-up to Saturday’s fight. For Gesta, it is the second title shot of his career and he is hoping to make the best of it. Way back in December of 2012 Gesta extended IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vasquez the full twelve rounds in a losing effort.
Roach, one of the most active trainers on today’s scene, has a roster full of elite talent at his Wild Card Gym. Seeing him in Gesta’s corner will imbue this match with a touch of irony. Among the alumni that has passed through his hands is Jorge Linares, so we will see on Saturday if that brings any type of edge to his fighter in this one. Gesta enters the fight a massive underdog.
For this segment, our roving cameraman talks to Roach about this Saturday’s WBA lightweight world title fight.
For more on Saturday’s lightweight title fight, check out “Lotierzo Breaks Down Matthysse vs Kiram and More.”
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