Luis Nery Looks Unimpressive Against Aaron Alameda
In his first bout at super bantamweight, former WBC bantamweight champion Luis “Pantera” Nery (30-0, 24 KO’s) defeated Aaron Alameda (25-0, 13 KO’s) by way of lackluster unanimous decision.
With the victory, Nery snatched Rey Vargas’ vacated WBC super bantamweight title along with Alameda’s undefeated record.
NERY AKA CONTROVERSY
Despite clearly being a brutal puncher and dynamic fighter, Nery has had a career riddled with disappointment and unprofessional behavior.
To begin, Pantera failed a drug test due to having the banned substance zilpaterol in his system. In his premiere bout with former pound-for-pound fighter Shinsuke Yamanaka, Nery was allowed to retain the vacant WBC title that he won.
He was able to keep belt as a result of VADA being unable to determine if the drug was ingested purposefully or accidentally.
Like several Mexican fighters have done, Nery alibied that the adverse finding was the result of eating the notoriously contaminated Mexican beef. Along with the drug infraction, in his rematch with Yamanaka, Nery missed weight by a country mile.
In his last prizefight with Juan Carlos Payano, Pantera would initially miss weight again. Yet, he was able to make the limit on his second attempt.
For Alameda, this was by far his biggest step up in competition.
TWO ROUND SNOOZER
Once in the ring, the bout began in very respectful fashion. Both men adhered to a standard feel out round and chose to establish their crisp jabs.
Unsurprisingly, Nery opted to be the aggressor and dedicate himself to an impactful body attack right away. For his part, Alameda remained composed behind his educated jab. Despite their large difference in in-ring experience the underdog handled himself very well.
During the fourth round, the former champion began putting his foot on the gas. Yet, due to his opponents tight and responsible defensive he was unable to land anything overly devastating.
At different points over the next several rounds Pantera would explode with high volume combinations. Unfortunately for the former bantamweight champion, Alameda’s defense remained sound and protective.
While his defense and overall performance was commendable, Alameda was not throwing nearly enough punches to keep up with Nery’s work rate.
The near identical carbon-copy rounds persisted in mundane fashion through the ninth round. At that point it was actually Alameda who caught Pantera with a solid straight right that snapped Nery’s head back. The former champion ate the shot without issue.
In the closing moments of the eleventh round, Pantera once again picked up the pace. In doing so he was finally able to connect with a hard straight right that backed up Alameda. However, his foe ate the blow well and was seemingly unaffected.
In the final round, Nery finally fought with a naked aggression that troubled his opponent. Why he waited so long to do this is anyone’s guess. The pressure forced the underdog to get on his bike for the final minute or so of the contest.
When the scorecards were read, Nery walked away with a solid unanimous decision win and the WBC super bantamweight title.
He now by his own admission, looks toward WBA champion Brandon Figueroa next!
By: Bakari Simpson