Former WBC bantamweight champion Luis Nery of Mexico, now campaigning at 122 pounds, will face undefeated Aaron Alameda in a WBC eliminator headlining live action on Showtime on Saturday, March 28th at Park MGM in Las Vegas. The tripleheader begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and features heavyweights Otto Wallin vs. Lucas Browne plus rising a light heavyweight rematch between Joseph George and Marcos Escudero. Last November, George defeated Escudero via a narrow split decision.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale Thursday, February 13th at noon and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
“Saturday, March 28th is going to be a night full of exciting action headlined by Mexican knockout artist Luis Nery beginning his path toward a world title at super bantamweight against an undefeated Mexican contender in Aaron Alameda,” said promoter Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. “Adding in the heavyweight showdown between Otto Wallin and Lucas Browne, plus a rematch of young light heavyweights Joseph George and Marcos Escudero, fight night at Park MGM in Las Vegas is sure to deliver explosive battles from start to finish.”
Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) is a power puncher who has stopped his last 11 opponents and 15 of his last 16. The 25 year-old southpaw from Tijuana, Mexico scored a dominant stoppage victory over former title holder McJoe Arroyo in March and returned in July to stop another former title holder Juan Carlos Payano. He scored a TKO victory over Shinsuke Yamanaka to win the bantamweight world title in 2018 and will now move up to 122 pounds to seek a world title in a second weight class.
“I’m excited to fight on Showtime and I’m planning on another knockout victory to prove to everyone that I’m one of the kings of the super bantamweight division,” said Nery. “I know that I can knock out any fighter at 118 or 122 pounds, and I’m hungrier than ever to prove that I’m one of boxing’s great Mexican champions. My goal is to continue to put on great performances for the fans and I’m ready to fight anyone who is willing to step up to the challenge.”
Representing Sonora, Mexico, Alameda (25-0, 13 KOs) is unbeaten since turning pro in 2014 after a strong amateur career, and will step up in competition as he faces Nery for a shot at a world title bout. The 26 year-old most recently knocked out Jordan Escobar in April 2019, after three victories in 2018. Alameda will fight in the U.S. for the second time when he enters the ring on March 28, after scoring a body shot knockout over Andre Wilson in a January 2016 bout in Los Angeles.
“I’m very excited to be making my Showtime debut in the main event against a great fighter,” said Alameda. “All of the years of training and fighting have brought me to this fight on March 28th. Nery is a Mexican warrior like myself and I can’t wait to lock horns with him and give the fans great action all the way until the final bell.”
George (10-0, 6 KOs) emerged victorious in a battle of then unbeaten fighters when he faced Escudero in November, taking a split-decision victory. The 30 year-old didn’t start boxing until he was 19 and is managed by Washington Redskins All-Pro offensive lineman Trent Williams, and trained in Houston by NFL All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson and James Cooper. George will look to transition from prospect to contender by defeating Escudero again on March 28th.
Escudero (10-1, 9 KOs) will look to bounce back and even the score against George, and in turn bolster his own position in the light heavyweight division. The 26-year-old from Buenos Aires, Argentina has fought primarily in the U.S. since turning pro in 2017. His amateur career saw him become a national champion in Argentina in 2014 and represent his country in the Pan-Am Games in 2015. Escudero currently trains in Miami and scored three stoppage wins in 2019 before facing George for the first time.