Luis Reynaldo “Twist” Nunez Captures a Ho-Hum Win Over a Reluctant Jayvon Garnett
A battle of undefeated prospects happens at the Central Park Community Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, as Jayvon Garnett takes on Luis Reynaldo Nunez in a ten-round featherweight contest.
Garnett comes from Cincinnati, Ohio, and looks up to previous world champions from his city like former bantamweight world champ Rau’shee Warren and former 135-pound world champion Robert Easter. He is known for his fast hands and punching accuracy. Nicknamed “El Elegito” (the chosen one in Spanish), the 26-year-old is looking to progress from prospect to contender.
He’s facing a Nunez who is undefeated but is a bit of an unknown quantity. His decorated amateur career includes a gold medal at the 2016 Youth Championships. The 22-year-old from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic has fought all of his professional bouts on home soil. Nicknamed “Twist”, the best wins on his resume are a unanimous decision over then 20-3-1 Eliezer Aquino and a fourth-round KO over then once-beaten Giovanni Gutierrez. Despite his modest record, Nunez is ranked #11 by the WBA at 122-pounds.
A MONOTONOUS AFFAIR
Garnett’s (10-1, 5 KOs) best path to victory is to move around and box. That’s what he attempted to do in the first three rounds. Here were his issues. In the fourth, Nunez (12-0, 8 KOs) showed himself to be a physically strong man and the harder puncher. He began to up his pace and walked down Garnett, focusing his attack on the body.
In the middle and late rounds, Garnett’s work-rate decreased. He was behind on the scorecards but refused to take any risks. The fighter from Ohio looked to be in survival mode, content on lasting the distance.
For his part, Nunez could have done a bit more to force a possible stoppage. However, he seemed frustrated that his opponent spent most of the second half of the fight on the move.
It made the fight quite tedious to watch. In the end, the judges were in agreeance in scoring the fight for Nunez by unanimous decision (100-90×3). At the very least, the winner showed he’s a fighter to keep an eye on at either 122 or 126. For Garnett, he did himself no justice in terms of how he refused to put up a good fight.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.