WBC Suspends Luis Nery For Six Months

After Luis Nery failed to make weight for his WBC bantamweight title defense back in February, the WBC stripped him of his title, but now has added more penalties to Nery.

In a recent ruling, the WBC Board of Governors said it has suspended Nery for six months retroactive to March 1, meaning he will be suspended through September 1. Below is an excerpt of the WBC's ruling, which also means Nery will be unable to fight in any WBC-sanctioned bouts during that suspension. 

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In light of his wrongful acts and omissions, as set forth above, Mr. Nery lost the WBC World Title, which, in itself, constitutes a severe penalty The WBC Board of Governors hereby suspends Mr. Nery from participating in any WBC-sanctioned activities for 6 months from the date he failed to make weight or through September 1, 2018.

Nery had been causing troubles for the WBC since last year. Before beating Shinsuke Yamanaka to win the WBC bantamweight title last August, Nery tested positive for the banned substance Zilpaterol on July 27, 2017 with the positive test result being public a week after Nery won the title.

The WBC was unable to determine whether or not Nery's positive test was a result of intentional cheating or of an accident so a rematch between Nery and Yamanaka was ordered. The fight took place last February, but Nery was five pounds overweight in the official weigh-ins. The fight went on as planned, but Nery had been stripped of the title. Nery defeated Yamanaka once more, retiring the Japanese former world champion.

At that point, Nery was indefinitely suspended by the WBC, but still tried to book a fight against Jetro Pabustan for June 9 only to withdraw from the fight almost immediately after finding out he is still suspended. 

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