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  • 08 July 2023



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Mexican former two-division world champion Luis “Pantera” Nery is set to make his highly anticipated return to the ring in a 10-round main event against Filipino former title challenger Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar. This thrilling showdown will take place on Saturday, July 8 at Recinto Ferial Metepec in Metepec, Mexico. As Nery looks to make his mark in the competitive junior featherweight division, boxing fans around the world are eager to witness his comeback.

Promoted by Zanfer Promotions, the Nery-Saludar fight, along with an exciting lineup of undercard bouts, will be exclusively streamed live in the U.S. on ESPN+.

With a stunning fourth-round TKO victory against undefeated Shinsuke Yamanaka to win the WBC bantamweight championship, Nery attracted the spotlight in the boxing world in 2017. He continued the rhythm and won the WBC junior featherweight championship by a unanimous decision over Aaron Alameda. Although he lost a championship unification fight to Brandon Figueroa in May 2021, Nery has since returned with three victories, including a stunning 11th-round knockout of previous title challenger Azat Hovhannisyan, which was recognised as a possible Fight of the Year candidate.

Challenging Nery in the ring is the experienced Filipino fighter Froilan Saludar. Boasting a professional record of 33 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw, with 23 victories by knockout, Saludar is no stranger to tough competition. While he fell short in his bid for the WBO flyweight title against Sho Kimura in 2018, Saludar has consistently provided stiff challenges for notable opponents such as Andrew Moloney and Daigo Higa. In his most recent bout, Saludar showcased his skills with a first-round TKO triumph over Crison Omayao.

The upcoming Nery-Saludar clash promises an unforgettable evening of boxing action, as these two warriors vie for supremacy in their division. Fans across the world are expecting this spectacular fight, and thanks to ESPN+, they will be able to witness every second of the event. Avoid missing out on this must-see battle that will undoubtedly have an influence on the world of boxing.

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