By Miguel Rivera
Mexico’s Luis Nery does not intend to move up to super bantamweight until after winning all of the belts in the bantamweight division, and that is why he hopes to demonstrate his quality this July 20 in Las Vegas against Juan Carlos Payano.
And then he wants to start collecting championships from fighters like Zolani Tete, Naoya Inoue, Nordine Oubaali and whoever appears.
On the verge of finishing his camp in Puerto Rico, under the eyes of his trainer Israel Ramírez and some advice from the Puerto Rican legend Iván Calderón, the former Tijuana champion assured that despite not having a belt, people know that he is one of the top talents of 118 pounds, and it’s a matter of time to corroborate it.
About the camp in Puerto Rico, Nery (29-0, 23 KOs) said it was necessary to seek more focus.
“It’s the first time we’re out of Tijuana, I have less distractions and more concentration, sometimes it was difficult to focus on Tijuana and it’s necessary to get away. I have everything here, my trainer Israel Ramírez made a good work plan and we are executing it, and sometimes Iván Calderón gives me advice,” said Nery to ESPN Deportes.
“People want me to fight with Naoya Inoue, they ask because they know I’m one of the best and many have me as number 1. There will be surprises ahead, we’re going for champions, they know I’m the strongest.
“We will not go to super bantam until we have won the four belts, we all want the fight with Inoue, but first Payano and then we’ll see if Nordine Oubaali, Naoya Inoue or Zolani Tete come about, but I leave that to Fernando Beltrán (president of Zanfer Promotions), right now I’m focused on Payano.”
Nery is not paying attention to Payano’s knockouts loss to Naoya Inoue, which happened in one round.
“Payano is a good fighter, he caught him cold. Payano is not easy at all, he has experience, he is crafty, he moves, he grabs you, but with the preparation we have done, we will win,” Nery said.