Former world title contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-2, 16 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. and top lightweight contender Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (31-1-1, 16 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina have been added to an explosive night of boxing on the non-televised undercard of Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol on Oct. 3 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Gesta will face three-time world title challenger Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (32-9-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, in a classic Philippines vs. Mexico 10-round lightweight bout while Lopez will make his U.S. debut in an eight-round lightweight bout against an opponent yet-to-be-named.
In addition, East Los Angeles legacy, Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs) will look to keep his undefeated record intact when he faces Mexican contender Hugo “Olímpico” Partida (20-5-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout and Los Angeles local sensation Nick Arce (4-0, 4 KOs) is scheduled to fight in a six-round featherweight bout. Also, the non-televised undercard will feature east coast undefeated fighters D’Mitrius Ballard (9-0, 7 KOs) of Washington, D.C. in an eight-round light heavyweight battle and Kevin Rivers (12-0, 9 KOs) of Cheverly, Maryland in a six-round super featherweight fight. Opponents will be announced shortly.
In the main event of the night Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) will face the undefeated Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Championship televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Matthysse vs. Postol is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion. The televised co-main event of the night will feature former three-division world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico taking on undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. in a 10-round super lightweight fight.
A proud native of Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta has become a fan favorite not just at home but also in his adopted city of San Diego, California where he lives and trains. Given his action-packed fighting style, it’s no surprise that Gesta has been adopted as a hometown favorite by San Diegans. A 12-year professional, Gesta fell short of victory in his first shot at a world title in the lightweight category against then IBF Lightweight World Champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez in 2012. Since returning to the ring as a super lightweight in 2014, the 27-year-old Gesta has looked better than ever in stopping Edgar Riovalle and Luis “Vampiro” Arceo. Most recently, Gesta fought world title contender Carlos Molina in April delivering an exciting and evenly matched event resulting in a draw. Now Gesta, is hungry for victory and ready to prove his ring superiority on Oct. 3.
Former three-time world title challenger Martin “El Brochas” Honoriois a tough fighter eager to get back in the ring and prove he is still in the running for world title contention. With a victory over the popular John Molina Jr. and having faced tough contenders like Juan Carlos Salgado, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Antonio “Relentless” Orozco; and former owner of the NABF and WBO NABO lightweight titles and contender for the IBF Featherweight Title, Honorio is ready to upset former world title contender Mercito Gesta on Oct. 3.
A 29-year old native resident of Arribenos, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcelino “Nino” Lopez made his professional debut in December 2006 with a win. His winning streak continued from there, lasting seven years until it ended by draw against Sergio Javier Escobar in May 2013 in Lopez’s sixth WBC Latino Lightweight Title defense. Since then, Lopez has added a title victory to his resume as the South American Super Lightweight Champion.
The undefeated East Los Angeles native, Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez, has boxing in his blood. His late uncle was the former WBA and WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Genaro “El Chicanito” Hernandez. Ramirez has been on the fast track since turning professional in 2012. A dynamic southpaw who has the skills to succeed, the 22 year-old Ramirez will fight for the second time in 2015 on October 3 after a thrilling main event showdown headlining the April 2 LA FIGHT CLUB card where he added another victory to his resume with a unanimous decision win over the vicious Raul Hidalgo.
Hailing out of Mexico City, Mexico, Hugo “Olímpico” Partida is seasoned fighter ready to add a victory to his record in his first scheduled fight of 2015. A professional since 2005, Partida has fought for the regional IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title, the WBC Continental Americans Super Bantamweight title, the WBC Youth World Featherweight Title and has retained and defended the WBC Fecarbox Super Bantamweight title. Looking to take his career to the next level, Partida is ready to face the undefeated Julian Ramirez on Oct. 3.
Fighting out of the Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles, 19-year-old featherweight Nick Arce is a former amateur standout who entered the professional boxing world in style in November of 2014 with a fourth round knockout of Adalbert Valenzuela. Since then the Los Angeles favorite has fought three times in 2015, never letting his opponent get past the second round. Most recently, Arce impressed fans with a second-round knockout over Ricardo Alvarado on the undercard of Herrera vs. Lundy on July 11 in Los Angeles.
A decorated amateur star, the professional run of D’Mitrius Ballard thus far has been nothing short of spectacular. Just 22 years old, Ballard has shown power, speed and ring generalship all while exciting fans from New York to Texas to his home of Washington, D.C. Coming off a 70- second knockout of Jason Zabokrtsky in March and unanimous decision victory over Josue Ovando in June, Ballard is chasing after more spectacular finishes this year.
Undefeated since his professional debut in 2012, Kevin “K-Smoove” Rivers, Jr. of Cheverly, Maryland is eager to get back in the ring after an impressive technical knockout victories over Stephon McIntyre and Luis Ruiz Lizarraga Jr. earlier this year. The fighter has been steadily moving up the ranks accumulating wins over other stand-out prospects, Xavier Montelongo and Karl Garcia in 2014. Now the 24-year-old fighter is ready to continue his winning streak in his third fight of 2015.
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Matthysse vs. Postol is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion and is sponsored by Corona and Mexico – Live it To Believe It!. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 3 and fight times will be announced soon.