Former two-division titleholder Luis Nery is scheduled to face Azat Hovhannisyan in a 12-round junior featherweight bout Saturday on DAZN.

LUIS NERY (33-1, 25 KOs) VS. AZAT HOVHANNISYAN (21-3, 17 KOs)

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT (main event later in show)
  • Where: Fox Theater, Pomona, California
  • TV/Stream: DAZN
  • Division: Featherweights (126 pounds)
  • At stake: No major titles
  • Pound-for-pound ranking: None
  • Odds: NA
  • Also on the card: Shane Mosley Jr. vs. Mario Lozano, super middleweights
  • Prediction: Hovhannisyan KO 10
  • Background: Junior featherweight contenders Nery and Hovhannisyan bring offense-minded attitudes and impressive punching power into this main event. Nery, a former two-division titleholder from Mexico, is still rebuilding after a rough stretch in 2021 and last year, when he was stopped by a bigger, stronger Brandon Figueroa in seven rounds in a 122-pound title-unification bout and then defeated Carlos Castro by an unconvincing split decision. He’s coming off a third-round knockout of less threatening David Carmona in a 130-pound, stay-busy fight last October. Hovhannisyan, a Los Angeles-based Armenian, has won seven consecutive fights since he lost a unanimous decision to then-122-pound titleholder Rey Vargas in 2018 and has rarely failed to entertain the fans. He last fought in April of last year, when he knocked out Dagoberto Aguero in two rounds on the Ryan Garcia-Emmanuel Tagoe card.