NERY FAILS DRUG TEST
THURSDAY August 24, 2017
LUIS NERY, who emphatically dethroned long-reigning WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka earlier this month, tests positive for a banned substance.
The WBC confirms that, as part of its Clean Boxing Program, Nery failed an out of competition test prior to his fight with Yamanaka in Japan on August 15.
The Mexican tested positive for Zilpaterol, which is very similar to Clenbuterol, and is typically used to increase the size and bulk of cattle.
“The WBC Clean Boxing Program will begin the process according to its protocol and will provide additional information during the process,” a WBC statement reads.
The tests were carried out by the Voluntary Anti-doping Agency (VADA), who administer all tests under the WBC Clean Boxing Program.
These findings mean Nery’s fourth-round stoppage win could be changed to a No Contest and the title be returned to Yamanaka, or it could become vacant.
Yamanaka, who won the title back in 2011, suffered his first professional loss at the hands of Nery – but could see that reversed.
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