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Mercito Gesta, Carlos Molina clash in crossroads headliner April 30


Junior welterweights Carlos Molina and Mercito Gesta will square off in a crossroads bout on Apr. 30 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., manager Frank Espinoza told

The 10-round bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Deportes.

Molina (17-2-1, 7 knockouts) has lost his last two bouts, but those defeats were against some of the best fighters in boxing today. In his last bout on May 3, Molina lost a 10 round unanimous decision to Adrien Broner. The Broner fight was his first bout in almost a year and a half, when he was stopped by Amir Khan after the 10th round.

Molina is managed by Espinoza.

The Philippines-born Gesta (28-1, 16 KOs) has won his last two bouts since suffering his only defeat at the hands of then-IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez on Dec. of 2012. In his last bout on Jul. 18, Gesta, who currently resides in San Diego, stopped Luis Arceo after the seventh round.



Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper,, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing