Molina and Gesta clash tonight on FOX Sports 1
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In a crossroads meeting between two junior welterweights hoping to march toward contention, Carlos Molina and Mercito Gesta square off in a 10-round contest tonight at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
The bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.
Molina (17-2-1, 7 knockouts) has lost his last two bouts after going unbeaten in his first 18. The Norwalk, Calif. native was stopped after the 10th round against Amir Khan in Dec. of 2012.
On May 3 of last year, Molina lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, Nev.
It has been also three years since Molina has had his hand raised after a fight. But a win over Gesta is not out of the question, considering the Filipino fighter is also trying to solidify his own standing in the sport.
A week before Molina lost to Khan, Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs) challenged Miguel Vazquez for the IBF lightweight title. Gesta was overwhelmed by Vazquez’s experience, losing a lopsided, unanimous decision.
Gesta, based out of San Diego, has won his last two bouts. In his most recent fight on July 18, Gesta stopped Luis Arceo after the seventh round.
In the co-feature bout, lightweight Jeffrey Fontanez will fight brawler Jose Hernandez in an eight-round bout.
Fontanez was knocked out in his last fight on Aug. 30 at the hands of Gilberto Gonzalez.
Despite nine losses on his record, Hernandez is a tough fighter to look good against. Hernandez fought to a majority draw against Mickey Bey in Feb. of 2011 and stopped Tony Luis in Jan. of 2013.
In his last bout on March 28, Hernandez stopped prospect Chris Singleton in the fourth round.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.