Luis Nery stops Arthur Villanueva in six
Gasmart Stadium, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico – In a fight card which could have easily been called ”The Night of the Southpaws” due to all four featured TV fighters competing out of the southpaw stance, the main eventer, reigning WBC bantamweight champion, Tijuana’s own Luis “Panterita” Nery faced Arthur “El Matador” Villanueva in a non-title bout.
Nery is proving a strong gate draw, as a very sizable and loud 7,000-plus crowd watched him score a TKO against a very game Villanueva at the end of six in the TV Azteca/beIN Sports Espanol/Zanfer Promotions card.
The smaller, slicker Nery used angles, a sneaky jab and hooks to keep Villanueva at bay in the first few rounds.
Things heated up in the fourth frame, with Villanueva getting on the inside and forcing a heated exchange toward the end of the round, dropping Nery to a knee in a flash knockdown. Nery, unhurt, quickly bounced back to beat the bell.
Nery came out charging, to make up up for the knockdown in the fifth, letting his hands go. Villanueva would try his best to counter Nery’s attack and stem his offense, going into the sixth frame.
Nery pressured effectively in the sixth, forcing the referee to step in and call the fight off at 1:19 into the round, as the Filipino was unable to defend himself, while being battered against the ropes.
With the win, Nery moved to 25-0 (19), while Villanueva dropped to 31-3 (17).
Fans in attendance were buzzing with the notion that they would see the WBC-mandated rematch between Nery and former champion Shinsuke Yamanaka early next year at the same venue.
Skilled southpaw, current WBO International junior welterweight titleholder and former WBO world lightweight title challenger Jose “Chon” Zepeda, 28-1 (23), used precise combination punching to stop a tough but limited Abner “Jaeger” Lopez at 1:17 into the sixth round of a scheduled ten.
Zepeda suffered a bloody cut around his left eye in the second round due to an accidental headbutt.
Junior lightweight Elvis “Rockanrolero” Torres remained undefeated at 18-0 (11) by winning a rather lopsided unanimous decision, via equally unanimous scores of 78-74, in eight, against Adrian “Chinito” Young, 23-4 (18), in a much closer bout.
The southpaw Torres threw wide, looping shots all night, looking for a one-punch KO, which never came, while utilizing a useless pawing jab, which allowed the more seasoned Young to gain range and seemingly control the pace with a stiff, hard jab and lateral movement.
It would not matter, as the fight went to the cards, with Young suffering an accidental cut alongside his right eye, by the end of the final round.
In the televised opener, Tijuana’s Sandra “La Perla Negra” Robles, kept her WBA women’s No. 1 ranking by defeating a very tough, plucky Linda Contreras in an eight-round junior flyweight bout.
As per usual in most women’s fights, both ladies threw down for the majority of the time, with neither going down and warming up the crowd for the fights that followed.
Robles moved to 19-2 (9), while Contreras saw her record dip to 1-2 (1).