Will we see Naoya Inoue vs. Luis Nery in 2024?

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The boxing world is buzzing with excitement as Naoya Inoue, known as “The Monster,” secured another victory by defeating Marlon Tapales with a 10th-round stoppage in Tokyo. With the undisputed super bantamweight championship now under his belt, Inoue is eyeing his next opponent, and it seems former two-weight world champion Luis Nery is a likely contender.

Nery, nicknamed “The Panther,” hails from Mexico and boasts an impressive record with wins against notable fighters like Shinsuke Yamanaka (twice), McJoe Arroyo, Juan Carlos Payano, and Azat Hovhannisyan. Despite suffering a loss against Brandon Figueroa in 2021, Nery has rebounded with four consecutive wins, earning him the top spot in the WBC rankings.

However, controversies have shadowed Nery’s career, particularly surrounding his wins against Yamanaka. After testing positive for the banned substance zilpaterol following their first bout, Nery was initially stripped of his Ring Magazine championship. Despite claiming the substance entered his system via contaminated beef, the WBC supported Nery, allowing him to retain the title. In their rematch, Nery missed weight, resulting in Yamanaka’s heartbreaking defeat.

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Nery’s disciplinary issues continued when he failed to make weight for a fight against Emmanuel Rodriguez in 2019, leading to the bout’s cancellation. In response, Inoue expressed strong criticism, suggesting Nery should be excluded from the sport.

Now, Nery aims to settle matters with Inoue in the ring. He has dubbed himself the “real monster” of the super bantamweight division, challenging Inoue’s “Monster” moniker. This potential clash between Inoue and Nery promises high stakes, as both are renowned for their punching power and competitive drive.

Inoue has a history of responding fiercely to provocations, as seen in his emphatic victory against Rodriguez after an altercation involving his father-trainer. As boxing enthusiasts eagerly anticipate this potential showdown between “The Monster” and “The Panther,” the matchup represents an electrifying collision of two elite fighters vying for the undisputed championship, infused with a hint of animosity, making it an anticipated spectacle in the boxing world.