By Rafael Soto
Luis "Pantera" Nery has set his next ring return.
The WBC bantamweight world champion will reappear on Saturday, November 4, at the Gasmart Stadium in Tijuana (home of the Bulls), to fight in a ten round "non-title" bout against dangerous Filipino "King" Arthur Villanueva in a main event that will be broadcast by Azteca 7, and internationally by Bein Sports
Nery captured the world championship by traveling over to Japan and blasting out Japanese boxing legend Shinsuke Yamanaka in August.
Following his big win, it was revealed that Nery had failed a post-fight drug test.
The WBC explained that it has been notified by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association that traces of Zilpaterol were found in Nery’s system. The substance is very similar to Clembuterol and is used to increase the size of cattle.
Nery and his team have claimed it was likely due to contaminated meat.
The WBC has yet to make a ruling on Nery's status as world champion.
In a press conference on Tuesday in Tijuana, Zanfer, through its President Fernando Beltrán, announced that in order to keep Nery (24-0, 18 KO's) active, a fight was finalized for November.
"Personally, and on behalf of my company Zanfer, we thank Mauricio Sulaimán, President of the World Boxing Council, for the opportunity that was given to Nery to become world champion. We will wait and respect the resolution made by the WBC, but for now we announce that Nery will face a tough opponent, Filipino Arthur Villanueva, 10 rounds at bantamweight,"said Beltrán.
Villanueva (31-2-0, 17 KO's), 28-years-old, suffered his two defeats in tough fights with McJoe Arroyo and Zolani Tete.
In his most recent bout, on the 16th of September, he beat his fellow countryman Richie Mepranum in four rounds.
"It is a joy to fight in Tijuana, it was always my dream to fight before my people as world champion and I will be granted this opportunity on November 4. I hope that the fans of Tijuana will be present at the Gasmart stadium and will be able to give them a great fight," said Nery.