Some interesting news got kinda lost in the shuffle this past weekend. The Ring reports that former champion and WBSS semifinalist Emmanuel Rodriguez, who was set to face Rau’shee Warren in the coming weeks before Warren suffered a hand injury, will instead take on Luis Nery on the November 23rd Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz II undercard in Las Vegas.
The winner will presumably be next in line for WBC champion Nordine Oubaali, who defends his title against interim champ Takuma Inoue on November 7th.
Puerto Rico’s Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KO) has had a rather dramatic last two years. He burst onto the scene with a dominant whooping of Paul Butler to claim the IBF title in May of last year, earning him a ranked spot in the Super Series. A competitive split decision over Jason Moloney set up a clash with Naoya Inoue, who did his usual Naoya Inoue thing and put the 27-year-old away with a vicious body shot.
Nery (30-0, 24 KO), who recently joined forces with Freddie Roach, has gone the distance once in nearly five years. He was last seen smashing Juan Carlos Payano to claim WBC mandatory status.