Talented up and coming young Mexican Luis Nery announced himself on the world stage on Tuesday by claiming a first recognised title in Japan.
The 22 year-old from Tijuana scored a career-best victory over experienced world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka to become the WBC’s new bantamweight ruler.
Completely unfazed by fighting in front of Yamanaka’s home crowd at the Shimazu Arena, Nery connected with a massive overhand right in the fourth round to signal the beginning of the end of the belt holder’s long almost six-year reign.
Yamanaka, participating in a record attempting twelfth defense, tried to cover up on the ropes, although Nery was relentless in his attack.
As referee Michael Griffin took a closer look at Yamanaka and contemplated giving him the benefit of the doubt, the decision was taken out of the official’s hands by the corner.
The pullout meant a first loss in 30 contests for Yamanaka, who could have equalled the most world title retains by a Japanese fighter if successful.
In the process of securing an 18th knockout, Nery pushed his record to 24-0 and cracked the WBN Pound for Pound Top 50 for the first time.
Nery has elevated himself into the argument to be labelled the best 118 pounder in the world, whilst it’s debatable whether Yamanaka would pursue a revenge attempt against the dangerous fellow-southpaw.