Rise of Hot Prospect Ernesto Mercado Continues with Sixth Consecutive Knockout to Start Career

Unbeaten rising star, lightweight Ernesto “Tito” Mercado (6-0, 6 KOs), remained undefeated as he stopped Jose Zaragoza (8-5-1, 2 KOs), last Thursday, May 12th, on a card promoted by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions. The bout was shown live on UFC Fight Pass, and took place at The Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello, Ca.

Mercado dropped Zaragoza in the first round as it was clear he was the vastly superior fighter. Mercado’s blinding hand speed along with his one-punch power was on full display in this fight, as he finished Zaragoza off at the 1:07 mark of round two.

“Jose Zaragoza just fought Keyshawn Davis, and I wanted to show the world just how good I am, and why boxing writers should consider me for prospect of the year,” said Mercado, who stands 5’10. “I dropped him in the first round and got him out of there in the second. I felt I could have stopped him earlier but the referee let him survive. I’m putting everyone on notice, including Keyshawn Davis and all the other top prospects and champions, that I’m cementing my place in the lightweight division. I’m coming for everybody.”

Mercado was a decorated amateur with an impressive 280-11 record. In the pro ranks, he’s quickly becoming one of the most feared power punchers in boxing.

“I just want to move into title contention and these fights are needed to get my record up, but I want to fight the champions, the fighters people say are the best,” continued Mercado, who has knocked out all six of his opponents within the first two rounds. “I am becoming the most feared fighter in boxing and there is nothing any of these other fighters can do about it. By the end of the year I’ll be advancing from power punching prospect of the year to a serious contender in the lightweight division.”

Ernesto “Tito” Mercado Sees Bright Future Ahead of May 12th Fight

Undefeated rising star, Ernesto “Tito” Mercado (5-0, 5 KOs), has been making some serious noise in the lightweight division, having knocked out all five of his opponents to start off his career. He returns to the ring this Thursday, May 12, 2022, on a card promoted by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions, against Jose Zaragoza (8-4-1, 2 KOs). The scheduled 6-round bout will air live on UFC Fight Pass from the Quiet Cannon Country Club, in Montebello, California.

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After his pro debut, the only fight that has gone past round one, Mercado jumped right into six-round bouts. He made a statement in his fourth fight by stopping Marc Misiura (2-3-1, 1 KO), who had never been knocked out. Mercado, who has power in both hands, stands 5’10” with an amateur pedigree to go with his long frame. With momentum on his side, Mercado feels he has the talent to jump on the fast track to super stardom.

“I’ve been keeping my mind on the grind, never losing focus in-between fights,” said Mercado. “Right now, I’m one of the busiest fighters in the lightweight division. If I can stay on this busy path till the end of the year, I know I’ll be knocking on the door of a meaningful fight. The lightweight division is filled with tremendous talent, and those coming up from super-featherweight are great as well. I know with hard work, I’ll be a top contender, ready to fight any of those guys.”

Mercado, a student of the game, sees himself fighting all the big names at lightweight and super lightweight. His mental edge gives him confidence going into any fight.

“No disrespect to any other fighter coming up in my weight class, but I just feel I’m on another level mentally then all these guys,” continued Mercado, the punching pride of Pomona. “My dedication to this sport is what separates me from all my peers. I’m destined to be great, and I’m making all the sacrifices necessary to become a world champion. On May 12th, I’ll be looking to impress once again.”


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