Luis Nery on a Mission to Rule the Bantamweight Division Once Again
By: Rich Lopez
As we get ready for the Wilder vs Ortiz rematch this weekend in Vegas, there will be a good undercard in store for fight fans. The undercard will feature Leo Santa Cruz and Brandon Figueroa. Also on the undercard is one of the best bantamweight fighters today, Luis Nery.
Luis “Pantera” Nery (30-0, 24 KO’s) of Mexico, is undefeated and has been boxing professionally for seven years. The 24 year old southpaw wants to reclaim his throne in the bantamweight division. Nery steadily climbed up the rankings which landed him a major title shot back in 2017 against long time WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in Japan. Yamanaka had made 12 title defenses and was the Ring Magazine champion at bantamweight. In their fight, Nery was able to match Yamanaka with speed and power and he showed who the better fighter was. Nery stopped Yamanaka in four rounds and won the WBC title but most importantly he was now considered the best in the division. However, the Ring Magazine title was stripped from Nery and reinstated to Yamanaka. Nery failed a pre-fight drug test as he tested positive for the banned substance called Zilpaterol. This was a result of Nery consuming contaminated meat. The WBC ruled that Nery could keep the title but had to grant a rematch to Yamanaka.
Prior to the rematch, Nery lost the WBC title for not making weight and would not be able to regain the Ring Magazine title as well. To prove the victory was no fluke, Nery stopped Yamanaka in two rounds in their rematch of 2018. So even though Nery scored his biggest wins of his career, he was beltless. Afterwards, Nery fought twice in 2018 in Mexico scoring two more stoppages.
Nery is now looking towards the future.
Nery signed a deal with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and has already won two fights by stoppage. First, he fought on the Errol Spence vs Mikey Garcia undercard back in March. He stopped McJoe Arroyo in four rounds for his debut under PBC. Next, he fought on the Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman undercard in July. He knocked out former world champion Juan Carlos Payano in nine rounds with a body shot. Now, Nery will face another former champion in Emmanuel Rodriguez on Saturday. Should Nery get past Rodriguez, another title shot opportunity looms for Nery.
The ultimate goal for Nery is to be ruler of the bantamweight division once again. At the end, this could lead to a possible mega fight with the “Monster” Naoya Inoue. Inoue has taken over the bantamweight division while Nery has been fighting his way back into title contention. Nery knows he would need to score another spectacular victory this weekend to land a fight with Inoue in the future. Ironically, Nery’s last win over Payano and his upcoming fight with Rodriguez, are both knockout victims of Inoue. You can assure Nery will be looking for a knockout again against Rodriguez to put Inoue on alert.
Pacquiao vs. Thurman Undercard Results: Ugas, Nery, and Lipinets Win
By: William Holmes
The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada was the host site for tonight’s Pay Per View (PPV) Offering by Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).
The attendance in the arena was still sparse as the televised portion of the pay per view started. A portion of the undercard was televised on Fox and featured a stoppage win by Caleb Plant over Irish Mike Lee.
The opening bout of the pay per view was between Juan Carlos Payano (21-2) and Luis Nery (29-0) in the bantamweight division.
Both boxers fought out of a southpaw stance, and Payano was winning the early rounds and nearly doubled the output of Nery. Nery was short with his punches going into the third round, but had a strong fourth round and appeared to be gaining confidence.
Nery continued to stalk Payano in the middle rounds and remained the aggressor. Payano was still landing some good shots, but Nery did not appear to be bothered by the punches of Payano.
Nery turned the punch output in his favor by the seventh round and landed some hard blows on Payano by the ropes. Nery continued to land the harder punches and keep Payano on the defensive in the eighth round.
The end of the fight came in the ninth round when Nery landed a left hook to the body that crumbled Payano. Payano was unable to get up by the count of ten and Nery scored an impressive body shot knockout.
Nery wins by knockout at 1:43 of the ninth round.
The next bout was between Sergey Lipinets (15-1) and last minute replacement Jayar Inson (18-2) in the welterweight division.
Lipinets was preparing to face John Molina Jr., but he pulled out three days ago and Lipinets had to adjust his strategy for a southpaw on short notice.
Inson landed two straight lefts early in the first round, but that may have been the only clean punches he landed in the entire night.
Lipinets applied pressure in the opening round and continued that pressure into the second round. Lipinets landed a beautiful left hook on Inson that sent him falling flat on his face.
Inson got up before the count of ten, but he looked to be in bad shape and the referee waived off the fight.
Lipinets wins by TKO at 0:57 of the second round.
The final fight on the undercard was between Yordenis Ugas (23-4) and Omar Figueroa Jr. (28-0-1) in the welterweight division.
Ugas started off strong and crisp counters on the forward moving Figueroa. Ugas scored a knockdown when a punch from him knocked Figueroa backwards with only the ropes to keep him up, scoring Ugas a knockdown.
Ugas continued to land heavy body shots on Figueroa in the second round, and was able to wither the pressure of Figueroa. Ugas out muscled Figueroa, and by the fourth round had outlanded him 62-42. Figueroa had a cut above his eye checked out by the doctor but was allowed to continue.
Ugas lost a point in the fifth round for holding onto Figueroa, and Figueroa had a better round. But Ugas was able to land some hard straight right hands on Figueroa when his back was against the corner in the sixth and reclaim momentum of the fight.
Ugas had an effective body attack in the seventh and eighth rounds, but was warned for a low blow in the eighth.
Figueroa simply was not able to mount an effective offense in the ninth and tenth rounds, as Ugas had him time countered.
Ugas wins the decision with scores of 119-107 on all three scorecards.