It was in the works for a while, nevertheless it seems as if it’s coming quickly. Dan Rafael reports that former bantamweight champion Luis Nery will defend his WBC junior featherweight title in opposition to WBA “world” champion Brandon Figueroa in a Might 15 Showtime major occasion.
ESPN’s Fernando Barbosa first revealed the date two weeks back. The struggle has not been formally introduced but by Showtime, however on final Saturday’s Ennis-Lipinets card, “large information” for the date was promised for this week, and this may possible be introduced within the coming days.
Nery (31-0, 24 KO) is in want of a powerful efficiency after looking rough against unheralded Aaron Alameda in final September’s vacant title struggle. The struggle was his first since losing his bantamweight mandatory challenger status on the scales ahead of a subsequently canceled conflict with Emmanuel Rodriguez, and “Pantera” subsequently split with trainer Eddy Reynoso.
The 24-year-old Figueroa (21-0-1, 16 KO) is in a barely higher spot in the intervening time, having demolished Damien Vazquez after a extremely entertaining 2019 draw with Julio Ceja. “The Heartbreaker” is by far the much less confirmed of the 2, although, making this a delightfully intriguing matchup with off-the-scales violence potential if Nery comes out sharp.
Between this and Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs Ronny Rios, the tremendous bantamweight division is wanting actually rattling good in the intervening time. Fingers crossed we finish the yr with some unifications.