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Filipino boxer Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta got the “must-win” he needed after outworking Joseph “JoJo” Diaz in a split decision.

The 30-year-old stunned the former super featherweight champion with the judges scoring 99-91, 98-92 in favor of Gesta and 97-93 for Diaz.

“I feel great about the outcome. We had our game plan, and I listened to my corner. It was a close fight. With coach Marvin Somodio, I have learned that I can move around a lot more, and I am excited to have another full training camp with him,” said Gesta after dealing Diaz his third straight defeat.

“If I were to choose my next opponent, I want William “El Camaron” Zepeda next,” he added.

The pride of Mandaue City, Cebu, has 34 wins, including 12 knockouts with three losses and three draws.