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LUIS NERY

Super Bantam Weight

W35

HOMETOWN

  • Tijuana, Mexico

KO 27

STANCE

Southpaw

L 1

AGE

28

D 0

HEIGHT

5'5"
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About


Luis Nery is one of the most exciting and talented boxers in the world today. He is a two-weight world champion, who has held the WBC and Ring magazine bantamweight titles, as well as the WBC super bantamweight title. He is known for his explosive power, speed and aggression, as well as his southpaw stance and relentless pressure.

Nery was born on December 12, 1994, in Tijuana, Mexico. He started boxing at a young age, and had only nine amateur fights, winning all of them by knockout. He turned professional in May 2012, at the age of 17, and quickly rose through the ranks of the Mexican boxing scene. He won his first 18 fights, mostly by knockout, before capturing his first regional title, the WBC Continental bantamweight belt, in October 2015. He defended it once, against former interim super flyweight champion David Sanchez, who he stopped in five rounds.

Nery’s breakthrough came in August 2017, when he challenged the long-reigning WBC and Ring magazine bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in Japan. Yamanaka was unbeaten in 27 fights, and had made 12 successful defenses of his titles. Nery stunned the boxing world by knocking out Yamanaka in four rounds, becoming the new champion at 22 years old. However, his victory was tainted by a positive test for zilpaterol, a banned substance that can enhance performance. Nery claimed that he had ingested contaminated meat in Mexico, and was allowed to keep his titles by the WBC.

Nery faced Yamanaka again in a rematch in March 2018, but this time he failed to make weight, coming in three pounds over the limit. He was stripped of his WBC title, but still retained his Ring magazine belt. He knocked out Yamanaka again, this time in two rounds, but his win was overshadowed by his weight issues and his lack of respect for his opponent.

Nery moved up to super bantamweight after the rematch, and won four fights in a row by knockout, against former world champions Jason Canoy and Juan Carlos Payano, and contenders McJoe Arroyo and Emmanuel Rodriguez. He also regained his WBC bantamweight title in August 2019, after it was vacated by Nordine Oubaali.

In September 2020, Nery became a two-weight world champion when he defeated Aaron Alameda by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC super bantamweight title. It was his first fight under the guidance of renowned trainer Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Canelo Alvarez and Ryan Garcia. It was also his first fight that went the distance since 2016.

Nery made his first defense of his super bantamweight title in May 2021, against fellow Mexican Brandon Figueroa. It was a thrilling fight that saw both fighters exchange heavy blows throughout. However, Nery’s reign came to an end when Figueroa stopped him in the seventh round with a body shot, handing him his first professional loss.

Nery is still young and has plenty of time to bounce back from his defeat. He has proven himself to be a formidable fighter who can compete at the highest level. He has also shown that he can overcome adversity and controversy. He is one of the most exciting and talented boxers in the world today.

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