THURS­DAY Au­gust 24, 2017

Boxing News - - The Week -

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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