Luis Nery vs Carlos Castro Preview Feb. 5th, 2022
Former WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Luis Nery of Mexico takes on undefeated fellow countryman Carlos Castro in a 10-round bout in Las Vegas this Saturday, February 5th. The fight is on the undercard of the Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios bout and can be seen live in North America on Fox pay-per-view and on the FITE Network in the UK. Nery last fought in May when he was stopped in the seventh round by Brandon Figueroa in a slugfest to lose his belt and suffer his first pro defeat. Castro last saw action in August when he stopped Oscar Escandon in the 10th round. Nery had won the vacant WBC Title in September, 2020 via a unanimous decision over Aaron Alameda.
Nery vs Castro Betting Odds
- Carlos Castro +140
- Luis Nery -170
Nery is a 27-year-old southpaw who has an impressive mark of 31-1 with 24 Kos. He’s boxed 149 rounds since making his pro debut in 2012 and stands 5-feet-5-inches tall with a 65-inch reach. He possesses above-average power in his fists as he currently boasts a 75 per cent knockout ratio. Nery is fan-friendly boxer who throws punches in bunches and also owns a pretty solid chin.
Since turning pro Nery has also captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight Title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Martin Casillas in 2016 and the vacant WBC Silver Bantamweight Title with a fourth-round stoppage over Raymond Tabugon in 2016 after being dropped in the first round. He then stopped Shinsuke Yamanaka in the fourth round in 2017 to lift the WBC Bantamweight crown.
Nery fought Yamanaka in a rematch in March, 2018 but came in overweight to lose the title. However, he still managed to win the fight by second-round stoppage He then won the vacant WBC Silver Bantamweight title again in October, 2018 with a third-round stoppage of Jason Canoy. He defended that belt with a ninth-round KO over Juan Carlos Payano in July, 2019 four months after stopping McJoe Arroyo after four rounds.
The 27-year-old Castro fights out of Phoenix, Arizona and climbs through the ropes with a perfect record of 27-0 with 12 Kos. He’s boxed 146 rounds since making his pro debut in 2012 following a short amateur career. Castro has average punching power with a current knockout ratio of 44.4 per cent but has stopped his last two opponents and three of his last four.
Castro is 5-feet-7-inches tall with a 70-inch wingspan which gives him a two-inch advantage in height over Nery as well as five inches in reach. Since turning pro he’s won the WBC USNBC, WBC Continental Americas, Super Bantamweight Titles and won the vacant WBC Continental Americas Featherweight Crown with his won over Escandon in August.
Castro’s biggest wins have been over Escandon, Cesar Juarez, Jesus Garcia, Mario Maldonado, Juan Palacios, Jorge Diaz, German Meraz and Genesis Servania. He owns good boxing skills and a solid chin and it should be tested on Saturday night by Nery.
Nery went at it toe-to-toe with Figueroa in his last fight and was stopped by a body shot. He’s a strong boxer with plenty of power but will need to work his way inside against the rangier Castro. It’s hard to tell what the Figueroa bout took out of him mentally and physically, but if Nery is in top form I’m expecting him to hand Castro his first pro defeat.
Nery’s aggression should make the difference here.
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