Luis Nery: I Did not Need Simple Fights, A Win Over Castro Places Me Again in Title Combine

On Saturday, February 5th, former two-division champion Luis “Pantera” Nery will take on the undefeated Carlos Castro in a ten-round super bantamweight duel at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Their fight will be part of the signing of the Fox Sports PPV, led by Keith Thurman’s return against Mario Barrios.

Nery, 26, (31-1, 24 KOs) suffered the first loss of his career when he was stopped by Brandon Figueroa in a fight for the super bantamweight unification on May 15. Prior to that loss, the Tijuana, Mexico native had blown through two divisions (118 and 122 pounds) with knockouts in 12 of 13 consecutive bouts. He scored a unanimous win over Aaron Almeda to claim the WBC world super bantamweight title in 2020 and will seek to get back towards a world title with a win over Castro.

“I want to start the year with a bang in Las Vegas,” said Nery. “I didn’t want easy fights and asked about the best placed opponent I could get. Castro has a great record and is ranked high in the super bantamweight division. A win over Castro brings me back into the World Cup mix and that’s where I want to be. “

The undefeated Castro (27-0, 12 KOs) was born in Sonora, Mexico, and came to the USA as a child. Today he lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Castro has remained undefeated throughout his career and can get closer to a world championship fight with a triumph over Nery. The 27-year-old took a big step forward in his last fight when he faced Oscar Escandon on August 21 and passed that test with flying colors after beating Escandon in the 10th round.

“I’m really looking forward to this upcoming fight,” said Castro. “It’s a great opportunity to show my skills against a well-known and accomplished fighter like Nery. I will show everyone why I deserve my high rank and why I deserve a chance at the world champion. “

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