✏ By Jon Uddin
Step 1: Reclaim the WBC Bantamweight Title.
Step 2: Take down unified Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue.
That is the order of business that former WBC Bantamweight Champion 🇲🇽Luis Nery (30-0-0, 24KO👊) of Mexico, has laid out for himself in 2020. Nery was stripped of the WBC title after missing weight for his rematch with Shinsuke Yamanaka, and the belt remained vacant for eight months until current Champion Nordine Oubaali won it after defeating Raushee Warren last November.
For Nery, his goals are dependent on him taking care of his upcoming task of beating 🇵🇷Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-1-0, 12KO👊) Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It’s another entry in the Mexico vs Puerto Rico rivalry that will take place on the undercard of the rematch between WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.
Ranked as the #1 challenger by the WBC, Nery made his U.S. debut in March when he made easy work of Puerto Rico’s McJoe Arroyo, overwhelming him to the point he didn’t come out for the fifth round of action. He followed that up with a ninth round round knockout Juan Carlos Payano in July on the Manny Pacquaio-Keith Thurman undercard. Knocking out the Dominican ring veteran marked the eleventh straight fight Nery’s opponent failed to hear the final bell.
The next man up for Nery is Emmanuel Rodriguez, #3 in the WBC rankings, who took his first professional loss back in May in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series, when he was blasted out in two rounds by P4PJapanese sensation ♛🇯🇵Naoya Inoue losing his IBF Bantamweight title as a result. There has been no “soft touch” or “bounce back” fight for Rodriguez in between Inoue and the upcoming fight with Nery so with a possibility of taking back to back losses this year, the stakes are high for the 27 year old from Puerto Rico.
Nery vs Rodriguez takes place on the main card of the FOX PPV headlined by the Heavyweight title rematch between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.