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Juan Antonio Rodriguez scores upset win over Mercito Gesta

Juan Antonio “El Mozo” Rodriguez of Puebla, Mexico upset Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta of San Diego, California in the inaugural edition of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Avalon Hollywood.

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Juan Antonio “El Mozo” Rodriguez (30-7, 25 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico scored an upset, ninth-round technical knockout victory over Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (32-3-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego, California in the scheduled 10-round main event of the inaugural edition of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Avalon Hollywood. Rodriguez stopped Gesta at 2:55 of the aforementioned round.

 

“I want to thank God. I want to thank my sponsors back home,” Juan Rodriguez. “I felt it was a matter hitting him to the body until he collapsed, and he did. It was a matter of time until he quit, and he quit. He stopped throwing punches.”

 

“It was a good fight,” said Mercito Gesta.”The guy was tough. He fought hard. No excuses from me. What’s next? I want whatever is best for me. I’m a fighter, and I love challenges.”

 

In the co-main event, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (10-0-1, 6 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada defeated Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (11-1, 6 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. via eight-round unanimous decision in a bloody battle between two Golden Boy prospects for the Jr. NABF Welterweight Title. Cobbs won with scores of 73-79, 75-77, and 75-77.

 

“Tonight I showed I’m an elite fighter pulling off an incredible win in my opponents’ hometown,” said Blair Cobbs. “I give him a lot of credit for hanging in there. He was very tough, but I showed I was the superior fighter. I’m ready to fight all the top welterweight contenders that stand in my way toward my run to a world title.”

 

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