August 3rd (Friday), 2012
The Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Mercito Gesta (25-0-1) vs. Ty Barnett (20-2-1)
Boxing360’s Pick: This is a better fight than people realize. Barnett is a live challenger here if only because Gesta has yet to prove he is next level. To do it, he will have to take on a focused and confident D.C. fighter who knows this is his big shot to be a contender.
Gesta has the Pacquiao look with his tats and photogenic appeal. But does he have the substance of an elite contender ready to fight for a title? The taller, possibly stronger Barnett is going to help us find out.
Gesta by tough decision.Mickey Bey
Mickey Bey (18-0-1) vs. Robert Frankel (30-12-1)
Boxing360’s Pick: Frankel goes rounds. He’s a durable test for anyone but he has no power at all which probably accounts for the 12 losses. Bey has the defense, footwork and hand speed to drop combinations and not get touched back too often. Bey should win easy. The real test will be to see if he can finish Frankel off. Bey by unanimous decision.