To this point, the peak of Luis Nery’s ring profession can also be his largest fall.
A cult favourite who constructed a following as one of many prospects developed, on US airwaves, on the BeIn Sports activities Espanol Saturday exhibits, Nery arrived at his first title shot with actual buzz. In 2017, Nery unseated among the finest bantamweights of the final twenty years, Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka, in 4 violent rounds for the WBC and lineal 118 lb. crown.
It was truthful to assume a star was born and straightforward to begin questioning about issues like a Nery-Naoya Inoue combat in the future.
A optimistic check for banned substance zilpaterol, in the end judged by the WBC as brought on by meals contamination, solid a cloud over the achievement. The cloud darkened with the rematch. Nery stopped Yamanaka in two rounds after lacking weight, formally by some three kilos (121) however solely then after initially stepping on the size at a pair kilos greater than that.
It resulted in a ban from preventing in Japan.
Nery’s profession carried on.
Since shedding the bantamweight title on the scales, Nery is 5-0 with 4 knockouts. He misplaced out on a combat with former bantamweight beltholder Emanuel Rodriguez, once more faltering on the scales, for the undercard of Denotay Wilder-Luis Ortiz II. In opposition to one of the best two of Nery’s final 5 opponents, former bantamweight titlist Juan Carlos Payano and unbeaten Aaron Alameda, Nery received with out making a lot impression. No less than in opposition to the latter, Nery received a belt in his second weight, snaring the vacant WBC belt at 122 lbs.
It was a part of final October’s stacked Charlo twin invoice pay per view and in the end the frustration of the night time.
At 26, Mexico’s Nery (31-0, 24 KO) arrives at his first title protection this Saturday in a combat nobody expects to disappoint. On paper, it’s one of many higher potential motion fights on a packed Showtime schedule by way of the summer season. 24-year previous Brandon Figueroa (21-0-1, 16 KO) has been a dependable tv scrapper and has picked up a WBA sub-title at Jr. featherweight. It’s a must-win combat for each males with extra at stake than simply Nery’s WBC strap.
The winner of Nery-Figueroa is already locked in for his or her return date. On September 11, WBO titlist Stephen Fulton (19-0, 8 KO) awaits for a unification showdown.
Expectations are sometimes unfair. A boxer deemed to have a probably excessive ceiling by a bit of followers who doesn’t make it fairly as excessive as some thought he would can have that held in opposition to him. If falling quick comes with habits that may be seen as unprofessional, it could obscure that early impressions (together with impressions from this nook) would possibly simply have been fallacious.
Nery’s had some stumbles however the truth is his plateau stays undetermined. The report stays unblemished. Nery may lose this weekend and nonetheless be concerned in loads of attention-grabbing fights for just a few years. Nery isn’t going to lose his fast fingers and he can punch.
Nery can even all the time be capable of say he had a superb profession. Whereas profitable belts now could be simpler than it’s ever been, it’s nonetheless not likely that straightforward to win them. Nery, copping them in two weight lessons, has already outpaced the goals of hundreds of children world wide proper now dreaming about getting even an opportunity on the identical.
What this weekend represents is an opportunity to dramatically reset the narrative of his profession and probably resume the thrill as soon as surrounding him. There are guys who can win a belt or two after which there are guys who step past that into one other degree of elite competitors.
Nery isn’t there proper now. This combat and what can comply with are crucial if it’s going to be a vacation spot. Nery wants an evening that reminds at the very least his early cult following why they had been intrigued, even excited, within the first place. There might by no means be a greater desk setting for him than the potential two combat stretch accessible this yr.
A powerful or at the very least eye-catching win this weekend will lend itself shortly to creating a Fulton showdown one of the crucial anticipated fights for the remainder of 2021 amongst hardcore combat followers.
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Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the Worldwide Boxing Analysis Group, and a member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America. He will be reached at [email protected]