The WBC bantamweight title now stands vacant after Mexican Luis Nery shockingly weighed in FIVE POUNDS over the 118 pound limit at the first attempt.
Nery eventually came to scale again and was marked down to 121 pounds but the events which unfolded were a blemish on his willingness to defend the championship.
The 23 year-old was ordered to put his belt on the line in a rematch win Shinsuke Yamanaka after testing positive for a banned substance, of which he was eventually given the benefit of the doubt by the WBC.
With Yamanaka getting home advantage like in the first meeting back in August, only the Japanese fighter can claim the coveted green and gold belt.
For his good grace, Yamanaka weight half a pound under the limit and is aiming to win back his old title at Kokugikan.
Tale of the Tape:
LUIS “Pantera” NERY (Mexico)
Age: 23 / Date of birth: December 12, 1994
Residence, birthplace: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Record: 25-0, 19 KOs / Total rounds: 106 / World championship fights: 1-0, 1 KO
Height: 5’5″ – 165cm / Reach: 66.5″ – 169cm / Stance: Left-handed
Manager: Fernando Beltran / Promoter: Promociones Zanfer
SHINSUKE YAMANAKA (Japan)
Ranked WBC No. 1 at Bantamweight
Former WBC Bantamweight World Champion / 12 successful title defenses
Age: 35 / Date of birth: October 11, 1982
Residence: Tokyo, Japan / Birthplace: Konan, Shiga, Japan
Record: 27-1-2, 19 KOs / Total rounds: 206 / World championship fights: 13-1, 9 KOs
Height: 5’7.5″ – 171cm / Reach: 69.5” – 177cm / Stance: Left-handed
Promoter: Teiken Promotions / Manager: Akihiko Honda