By Rafael Soto
Finally it will be the Filipino Renoel Pael who will face Tijuana’s Luis “Pantera” Nery on Saturday, December 1, at La Arena Pavillon del Norte in Saltillo, Coahuila.
The card will be promoted by Zanfer and broadcast by Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxeo.
Nery (27-0, 21 KO’s) will take part in his third fight this year, having knocked out Shinsuke Yamanaka in two rounds in Japan in March, and Jason Canoy in October in Tijuana.
Pael (23-8-1, 12 KO’s), also known as Pael R. Singwacha, 28 years old, has also won his two fights of 2018. He was already champion of the Philippines and of the Asian Federation at super flyweight, and although it will be the first time he travels to the American continent, he has an international touch because he has fought in Japan, Thailand and Australia, and although his record indicates eight defeats, none of them have been by knockout.
Pael will be the fifth Filipino opponent for Nery in his last eight fights, and seventh overall in his career. None of them have passed six rounds.
A former world champion and current WBC Silver beltholder, Nery could look for the WBC bantamweight world championship, within the first quarter of 2019, and turn the 118 pound division into one of the most interesting and disputed at the time when the boxers are unifying titles – with the champions of the other organizations that are Nonito Donaire (WBA), Emmanuel Rodriguez (IBF) and Zolani Tete (WBO).
On the same card of the first of December in Saltillo, Irma Garcia (18-3-1, 3 ko’s) will seek to return to the path of triumph after having fought for the WBC world championship against “Lupita” Martinez, and will face solid prospect Irais Isis Vargas (4-0-0, 1 KO) in a classic duel between experience against youth.