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Luis Nery blows away Richie Mepranaum in 2 rounds

Sensational performance by the bantamweight prospect.

Zanfer Promotions

Last Saturday, Luis Nery (21(15)-0) showed he's got world level potential.

In less than two rounds, Nery demolished 4x world title challenger Richie Mepranaum (31(8)-6-1). The demolition was efficient and brutal. Nery looked like a wrecking ball. Six of Nery's last seven fights have now been won by stoppage.

While 34-year-old Shinsuke Yamanaka remains the division's kingpin, other world titleholders such as Marlon Tapales, Jamie McDonnell, and Lee Haskins show great talent. Additionally, prospects like Takumi Inoue, Emmanuel Rodriguez, and Hinata Murata look to make an impact in the near future.

While Nery has yet to be tested by any top 10s, his win over Mepranaum emphasizes his status as a contender. Nery has previous wins over David Sanchez and John Mark Apolinario. While Mepranaum is a natural flyweight, he's fought in world title matches against the likes of Carlos Cuadras, Juan Francisco Estrada, and Hernan Marquez.

Nery is already rated #2 by the WBC, #3 by the IBO, #6 by the WBA, and #10 by the WBO. Computerized rankings BoxRec likewise rates Nery at #6.

Based purely on the eye test and Nery's performance against past opposition, it's this author's opinion that Nery should perform well against the divisional elite. Is a fight with Shinsuke Yamanka in the cards?

Those wanting to catch a replay can watch the full match on YouTube.

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