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WBC #1 Contender Luis Nery Returns on July 8th; Eyes Fulton vs Inoue Winner

Press Release:


Mexican former two-division world champion Luis “Pantera” Nery (34-1 26KOs) returns in a 10-round main event against Filipino former title challenger Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar (33-6-1 23KOs) this Saturday, July 8 at Recinto Ferial Metepec in Metepec, Mexico.


The 28-year-old Nery will look to continue his campaign towards another title run in the competitive junior featherweight division. Nery was in the leading contender for Fight of the Year vs Azat Hovhannisyan in February when he stopped him in 11th round in a classic.


Promoted by Zanfer Promotions, Nery-Saludar and undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.


Undercard Lineup:


  • Junior welterweight standout Carlos Sanchez (24-1, 19 KOs) will take on Marcos Gonzalez (22-3, 11 KOs) in a 10-round clash. Both are coming off April wins, with Sanchez beating Alexander Duran via six-round technical decision and Gonzalez defeating Josue Veraza via 10-round unanimous decision.

  • In a 10-round junior middleweight fight, Jorge Garcia Perez (25-4, 21 KOs) will square off against Ricardo Bañuelos (18-9-1, 7 KOs). Both fought on the same card last month. Perez scored a seventh-round knockout win over Hector Andres Reyes, while Bañuelos lost to Mexican Olympian Misael Rodriguez via eight-round unanimous decision.

  • Rashib Martinez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) will face Ernesto Garcia Flores (10-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight tilt.

  • In a swing bout, flyweights Luis Rodriguez (8-3, 3 KOs) and Juan Carlos Barrientos (5-2, 3 KOs) will collide in a fight scheduled for four


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