World Boxing Council bantamweight champion Luis “Pantera” Nery won a spectacular victory by TKO in the sixth round in a fight full of action and drama this weekend.
Nery even visited the canvas in the fourth assault before more than fifteen thousand people at the Gasmart Ballpark in Tijuana, the first time the venue had hosted a boxing feature.
‘Pantera’ attacked from the first round and was aggressive and forceful. The breakneck pace and power shots were unloaded as Villanueva (31-3-1, 17 KOs) wanted to counter. He wanted to trade punches and in the end was overwhelmed by the boxing, speed and power of Nery.
Villanueva seemed to be the less powerful of the two from the first round as Nery repeated combinations and attacked the body. The Philippine took his punishment for the first few rounds before a backlash from Villanueva put Nery on the canvas. Nery rose quickly without showing he was hurt and looked rather surprised than anything.
Nery regained his dominance in the fifth round, but boxing more cautiously, And in the sixth, he hurt Villaneuva with a right cross and forced him against the ropes.
Up to six unanswered punches, all of power and accurately were landed and the Filipino began to crumble. When his guard was down, the referee rightly stopped the action at 1:19 of the sixth round.
“We were very well prepared because we knew we were up against a great fighter. Villanueva was always dangerous, hit me several times and I expected him to be hard and brave. He delivered, but work the corner and our preparation took us forward,” said Nery.
Nery will now fight Shinsuke Yamanaka in a rematch of their meeting earlier this year.