Mauricio Sulaiman ‘saddened’ by Nery v Yamanaka situation due to WBC weight check measures

Luis Nery

Naoki Fukuda

Via teleconference, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman expressed sadness and disappointment about what happened on March 1 in Japan.

It blighted the rematch title fight in which Luis Nery was due to defend the bantamweight crown against the legendary Shinsuke Yamanaka, but was overweight.

A highly anticipated clash that was overshadowed by an act that the WBC’s leader described as “unfortunate.”

With the title vacant and this new controversy, Luis Nery stopped Yamanaka in the second round.

Mauricio stated: “I feel a deep sadness to see how this rematch happened; It is incredible that the champion did not make the weight. It’s like 20 years ago! A fault like this is inadmissible because we have weigh in, at thirty days and seven days, before the fight, as well as twenty four hours beforehand.

“Yamanaka deserved a fight without controversy. He has been a pride for the WBC, a champion who always defended his crown with great commitment. He does not deserve to retire in the shadows, but as the legendary champion!”