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Luis Nery Sets Return, Faces Arthur Villanueva on November 4

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.

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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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxfan83 on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;18144969]Fu.cking animal. No way is possible, the same national team of soccer had the same problem and they have all the money of the world. Increase his punching power? Hahahaha poor ignorant. Nobody in boxing use Clembuterol or zalpiterol in…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18144204]Zilpaterol : when used by athletes, the substance is believed to help the development of muscle and also increases the metabolism -- which means he lose weight faster and increase his punching power. This is a BS excuse by Mexican…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;18143775]So, we're just gonna act like he didn't test positive?[/QUOTE] Shut the **** up, and stop crying like a bi.tch, fu.cking Cuban. I'm not a sportsman and I probably have zalpiterol or clembuterol into my organism. That's a…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;18143894]Certainly the most logical explanation, Nery deserves to be given the benefit of doubt in this situation.[/QUOTE] This. The Mexican cattle being hopped up on PEDs is some real sh^t and many athletes have been given no fault "pardons" for…

Comment by Rezz on 10-18-2017

I can't wait to see Nery back in action.

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