Luis Nery blasts Richie Mepranum in two rounds
Bantamweight Luis Nery is putting the bantamweight on notice one fight at a time. His latest victim was a three-time world title challenger.
Nery stopped Richie Mepranum in the second round before a partisan hometown crowd Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Nery improves to 21-0, 15 knockouts, while Mepranum falls to 31-6-1, 8 KOs.
Mepranum figured to provide a significant test on paper for the southpaw Nery. The Filipino fighter lost by decision to Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez in 2012 and was stopped by Juan Francisco Estrada two years later.
Prior to facing Nery, Mepranum was stopped after the eighth round by Carlos Cuadras on April 23.
Nery was coming off a knockout victory after the fourth round over David Sanchez on July 30.
Both fighters had their moments in the opening round, but Nery landed the more-telling blows. About 20 seconds into round two, a barrage of punches dropped Mepranum to the canvas.
Mepranum did beat the count, but was dropped with a left cross to the head. Referee Fernando Renteria immediately stopped the bout at 41 seconds.
Nery is ranked number two by the WBC and number six by the WBA. RING magazine has Nery ranked number nine at 118 pounds.
In the opening bout of the beIN Sports en Espanol broadcast, flyweight contender Arely Mucino (22-3-2, 10 KOs) won a 10 round unanimous decision over Judith Rodriguez (8-11, 5 KOs).
Scorecards were 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 for Mucino.
Bantamweight Jose Quirino (14-2-1, 5 KOs) won a one-sided six round decision over Adan Ozuna (9-10-4, 3 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Quirino.
In the upset of the night (and likely of the weekend), unheralded flyweight Ulises Lara (17-14-2, 10 KOs) knocked out former world titleholder Javier Mendoza (24-4-1, 19 KOs) at 1:05 of the round two.
Welterweight Jaime Munguia (18-0, 15 KOs) knocked out Alfredo Chavez (12-8, 10 KOs) at 1:32 of the opening round.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing