Sadly for the sport Nery's win was tainted following a drug's test which revealed a banned substance in his body. Originally the WBC had stated they would make a decision on the matter after going through their Clean Boxing Programme protocol, though now, almost 2 months later, we're still awaiting a decision from the organisation.
Yesterday Nery's promoter Zanfer announced that their man would return to the ring on November 4th, however he wouldn't be defending his title, instead he would be fighting in a non-title bout with Filipino Arthur Villanueva (31-2, 17).
At the press conference to announce the bout there was no mention of the elephant in the room. Instead Nery stated that he was happy to be fighting in Tiajuana as a world champion and hoped to have an exciting fight.
With the WBC still delaying a decision some have looked at this bout as a chance for the WBC to essentially turn a blind eye to the drug issue surrounding Nery's win over Yamanaka. Given the speed in which they recently dealt with a positive drug test from Cuban Luis Ortiz, refusing to sanction a bout between him and Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder as a result, it does seem like the WBC are being inconsistent and are leaving themselves very open to criticism and favourtism.
For Villanueva the bout is a huge one and could set up a third crack at a world title, though sadly for him he's the "other man" in what is likely to be a bout criticised for the lack of proper punishment for a failed drugs test.
(Image courtesy of Zanfer Promotions)