On a noticeably quiet week of the sweet science, there was certainly one memorable event, that aired on Showtime’s ShoBox series, a performance that made fight fans want to “twist & shout”. Highly touted undefeated Dominican Featherweight “TheTwist” Luis Reynaldo Nunez used the quiet weekend of boxing to make a lot of noise and put the featherweight division on notice. Scoring a sensational final round TKO in the 10th round to extend his perfect record to 16-0 (12) win the battle of unbeaten prospects over Puerto Rican prospect Carlos Arrieta, and capture our prestigious Fighter of the Week award.
This was Nunez’s second fight in a row on ShoBox and his second in the US. His first he caught the eye of hardcore fight fans, by outclassing Jayvon Garrett over 10 one-sided rounds, in Oklahoma and this performance he confirmed he’s for real. Nunez, started off tentatively largely being outworked by his Puerto Rican foe but landed some clean counters throughout the first two rounds to keep the rounds close on the cards. In the third round, The Twist hit his groove and begin taking over the fight controlling range perfectly with his jab and then setting up big right hands that landed and landed with accuracy. He was able to slow down the pace and make Arrieta fight on his terms. As the rounds went on it became clearer and clearer who was the better prospect as Arrieta became target practice at long range. Arrietta out of the high guard was unable to fire off much in return and the end was near. Nunez looked to end the bout in the 10th round and nailed Arrieta with a straight right that buckled him. Nunez, seeing he had his man hurt looked to finish it, scoring with a barrage of power shots forcing referee Frank Gentile to call a halt at 1:41 of the tenth and final round.
Showtime’s ShoBoc has been a breeding ground for showcasing bright young talent and showcasing high-level fights amongst up-and-coming young stars. Thai past Friday at the Caribe Royale Orlando, in Orlando Florida. At just 22-years-old the quick-fisted Dominican has certainly put himself in a position for big-time fights moving forward in 2022 and beyond. The featherweight division has several high-level prospects in the US that include Raymond Ford, Edward Vazquez, and Raymond Ford All of whom are on the rise and on a path to fighting for a world title. In order to beat those guys to the punch and get the title shot first, he’s going to have to stay busy and stay impressive. His next step should be against a high-level veteran. A name like Adam Lopez, Gavin McDonnell, or Oscar Escandon would be a significant leap up in completion but given the natural ability and sills of Nunez are certainly winnable fights and could be exactly what the 22-year-old needs to leapfrog the crowded pack.