Yamanaka No Longer Retiring, Coming Back For Luis Nery Rematch

As previously reported on, the World Boxing Council ordered an immediate rematch between Shinsuke Yamanaka and Luis Nery for its bantamweight title on Tuesday, three months after the latter failed a drug test.

The sanctioning body issued a ruling saying “the WBC cannot make a determination with sufficient certainty as to whether Mr. Nery’s adverse finding was the result of intentional ingestion of a banned substance to improve performance.”

And there appears to be heavy interest in a rematch from the former champion, as Yamanaka said he will return to the ring to take on the Mexican and make up for his loss on Aug. 15, when he was denied his 13th straight title defense.

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Yamanaka wants to get some payback to avenge the only defeat of his pro career.

“I’ve been thinking that I don’t want to end my career,” Yamanaka said at his gym in Tokyo. “I want to get back at him.”

Yamanaka’s Teiken Gym president Akihiko Honda had originally said the 35-year-old would hang up his gloves if he was not awarded a rematch with Nery.

Yamanaka appeared to have no interest in fighting again, but now his motivation is back with a guaranteed rematch against the man who beat him.

A week after the bout, the WBC announced that Nery, 22, failed a drug test performed in the lead-up to the fight with an amount of the banned substance Zilpaterol detected. The findings were from Nery’s “A” sample taken July 27, but additional tests taken in Japan gave negative results.

Nery did not request an analysis of his “B” sample, according to a statement issued by the WBC Board of Governors.

On Tuesday, the WBC revealed that Nery provided a sworn statement denying taking any performance-enhancing drugs. His team claims he ate contaminated beef during a training camp in Mexico, something it said is a known issue in some countries.

Nery has a perfect 24-0 record with 18 knockouts, while Yamanaka is 27-1-2 including 19 knockouts.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing42 on 11-04-2017

[QUOTE=ippo;18182643]well if he can keep on playing by a different set of rules probably.The win needs to be a no contest.Nery tested positive.[/QUOTE] I think it was out of competition so it doesn't warrant a NC I could be wrong…

Comment by MDPopescu on 11-04-2017

... I hear that Nery is fighting tonight, but he wasn't allowed to "defend"...

Comment by DuckAdonis on 11-04-2017

We'll see if Nery really is the PED abuser y'all claim him to be I got Nery to win again

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 11-04-2017

[QUOTE=hinode;18182829]Nery doesn't deserve this fight. He's not even qualified to fight anyone. Yamanaka better to face Burnett instead of this cheat coward.[/QUOTE] Jajajajajajajaja. Shhhhh, Nery is the King of the weight and the daddy of Yamanaka

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 11-04-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18182951]I agree with this. The WBC has slapped Yamanaka in the face after all the years he worked to elevate their title above others in the Bantam weight class, even coming close to breaking a record in title defenses until…

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