Luis Nery Indefinitely Suspended by WBC
The WBC has suspended bantamweight fighter Luis Nery indefinitely following his failure to make weight prior to his March 2 victory over Shinsuke Yamanaka.
As reported by ESPN, Nery was stripped of the WBC Bantamweight Title on March 1 after he weighed in for the fight at 123 pounds. Nery was able to get down to 121 — still three pounds above the weight limit — and he was ineligible to win the title in the bout with Yamanaka.
The WBC released the following statement:
The WBC has implemented several procedures which have worked for many years with absolute success, including changing the official weigh-in to one day before the fight, implementing the monitoring weigh-in 30 and seven days before the fight, etc. For a bantamweight champion to arrive at the official weigh-in five pounds over is simply unacceptable. The WBC is formally suspending Luis Nery indefinitely. Luis Nery will be mandated to appear at a hearing to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances.
Nery may still box for any of the other major sanctioning bodies of boxing; however, he will be removed from the WBC rankings and indefinitely ineligible to win any of its championships.
Nery failed a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association drug test, as part of the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program, last summer. Nery blamed the failure on tainted meat, which the WBC believed after an investigation. Nery was not punished but was mandated to give Yamanaka a rematch.
Original Story: ESPN