Former world champion, Luis Nery (35-1, 27 KOs) crushed former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (33-7-1, 23 KOs) in two rounds at Recinto Ferial Metepec in Metepec, Mexico Saturday night.
After a very active first with both looking for big shots, Nery scored three knockdowns in the second round to close the show on Saludar.
Nery burst onto championship scene in October 2017 with a fourth-round TKO against then-unbeaten champion Shinsuke Yamanaka to capture the WBC bantamweight crown. Three years later, he defeated Aaron Alameda to win the WBC junior featherweight title via 12-round unanimous decision.
Nery suffered his first defeat, by way of a body shot knockout, in a title unification bout versus WBA king Brandon Figueroa in May 2021. He is 3-0 with two knockouts since the Figueroa loss and is coming off a 11th-round knockout over former title challenger Azat Hovhannisyan in a Fight of the Year-level battle that saw fireworks from start to finish.
Saludar came in as 13-year pro who unsuccessfully challenged Sho Kimura for the WBO flyweight title in 2018. He has given stiff tests to former world champs Andrew Moloney and Daigo Higa. The 34-year-old was coming off a first-round TKO win over countryman Crison Omayao last October.