By Miguel Rivera
BoxingScene.com reported last week that 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, but the World Boxing Council President Maurcio Sulaiman appears to be standing in Nery's corner on the matter.
"I am convinced that there was no [doping]. It is a complicated issue because of the legality of doping, but he is a clean young man and he has shown it. He fights to make weight and this type of substance [he tested positive for] is used to gain weight - so it's illogical. I think this week we will end this case," Sulaiman said.
"We are going through the process of the 'Clean Boxing Program ', we have had many instances where the subject has been fully investigated for a substance that is proven to be very similar to clenbuterol. We are finishing the paperwork [on his case]. I respect his need to return to the ring, he has been given the authorization and we are very close to giving him a resolution on the matter."