Luis Nery is without doubt one of the uncommon fighters whose change to revered coach Eddy Reynoso didn’t work out.
Reynoso ready Nery for his WBC tremendous bantamweight title struggle in opposition to Aaron Alameda on September 26. Nery defeated Alameda by unanimous determination and have become a world champion in a second division, however that didn’t stop Nery from returning to Tijuana and reuniting with coach Ismael Ramirez for his struggle in opposition to Brandon Figueroa on Saturday night time.
“I felt like I didn’t put together proper,” Nery informed BoxingScene.com. “Out of zero to 100%, I felt like I used to be 60 %. It had nothing to do with preventing at 122 kilos. It was simply the sheer truth I didn’t put together proper, perhaps I had some missteps alongside the way in which. I felt type of sluggish.”
Reynoso has drawn reward all through the boxing world for his work with Canelo Alvarez, Ryan Garcia, Julio Cesar Martinez, Andy Ruiz Jr. and Oscar Valdez. The 26-year-old Nery wasn’t vital of Reynoso, however coaching at Alvarez’s fitness center in San Diego didn’t work for the Mexican southpaw.
“It was simply the change in routine that threw me for a loop,” Nery stated. “Totally different fitness center. Totally different sparring occasions. Totally different coaching periods. One thing so simple as going eight rounds day by day, to solely doing that a few occasions per week. That type of threw me, and it affected me in a manner that I wasn’t anticipating.”
Nery (31-0, 24 KOs) appears like his outdated self as he prepares to struggle Figueroa (21-0-1, 14 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, of their 12-round, 122-pound championship match.
“I went again to what I do know works greatest, the way in which I ready for my earlier 30 fights, the way in which I ready for my fights in Japan,” Nery stated. “And I’m actually proud of it. I really feel my preparation for this struggle is definitely among the many greatest that I’ve had in my profession.”
Nery, a former WBC bantamweight champ, had some well-documented difficulties making the bantamweight restrict of 118 kilos previous to hiring Reynoso.
He was three kilos obese for his WBC bantamweight championship rematch with Shinsuke Yamanaka, whom Nery stopped within the second spherical in March 2018. Nery’s struggle in opposition to former IBF bantamweight champ Emmanuel Rodriguez was canceled in November 2019 as a result of Nery got here in a single pound above the contracted restrict.
Showtime will air Nery-Figueroa as the primary occasion of a three-bout broadcast Saturday night time from Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California. The winner of their struggle for Nery’s WBC belt and Figueroa’s WBA world championship will advance to a showdown with unbeaten WBO champ Stephen Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) on September 11 at a venue to be decided.
“Something can occur, actually,” Nery stated. “Figueroa, he’s a harmful fighter. However I wholly consider that the way in which that I’ve ready and the way in which that I really feel proper now will solely yield constructive outcomes. I’m able to roll. I’m able to struggle and I’m solely pondering constructive ideas heading into Could fifteenth.”
Showtime will televise a pair of 10-round bouts earlier than Nery faces Figueroa.
In its co-feature, Daniel Roman (28-3-1, 10 KOs), a former IBF/WBA 122-pound champ from Los Angeles, will meet Mexico’s Ricardo Espinoza (25-3, 21 KOs). Sacramento’s Xavier Martinez (16-0, 11 KOs) and Mexico’s Juan Carlos Burgos (34-4-2, 21 KOs) will sq. off in a junior light-weight bout that’ll open Showtime’s tripleheader at 10 p.m. ET.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He could be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.