Nery v Yamanaka fallout: Suspension, investigation and retirement

RINGSIDE 03/03/2018


The World Boxing Council have released an important statement regarding the futures of Luis Nery and Shinsuke Yamanaka.

Nery weighed in five over the limit for what was supposed to be a second chance for the Mexican after his tested positive for a banned substance when beating Yamanaka last year.

After what seems to be blatant disregard for making the fighting weight, Nery has been banned by the WBC pending an investigation.

The WBC statement reads:

“Luis Nery lost the WBC bantamweight title after failing to make the weight this past March the 1st in Tokyo, Japan.

“The WBC has implemented several procedures which have worked for many years with absolute success, including changing the official weigh-in one day before the fight, implementing the monitoring weigh-in 30 and 7 days before the fight, etc.

“For a bantamweight champion (118 pounds) to arrive at the official weigh-in 5 pounds over is simply unacceptable.

“The WBC is formally suspending Luis Nery indefinitely.

“Luis Nery will be mandated to appear at a hearing to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances.”

Yamanaka, on the other hand, has now decided his career is over following a second round stoppage at the hands of the much bigger Nery.

The former world champion announced his definitive retirement from boxing.

“In August of last year, Yamanaka who’d previously and successfully defended this title twelve times, was stopped in four rounds by Nery, losing his undefeated record after 29 bouts as pro.  

Yamanaka, aged 35, announced his retirement. However, he then accepted this rematch that would give him the opportunity to be crowned again.

“He will be considered one of the best champions, with those dozen defenses and the World Boxing Council wishes Shinsuke great success in his future plans.