In just over a week we'll see WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19) [山中慎介] battle against mandatory challenger Luis Nery (23-0, 17). Today Nery arrived in Japan ahead of that bout, and did so whilst looking confident, in good shape and almost primed for the bout between the two men.
After arriving in Japan, at the Narita Airport, this afternoon Nery spoke with the media and stated that he was in perfect condition and wasn't much over the Bantamweight limit, weighing around 123lbs. He also stated that he had been sparring with southpaws to prepare for the bout against Yamanaka, one of the best southpaws in the sport today.
The most interesting comments from Nery regarding the bout was that he stated it wouldn't go more than 6 rounds. He stated both he and Yamanaka were hard punchers and that either Yamanaka would be stopped, or that he would be stopped. It seems clear that he has belief in his power, but also real respect of Yamanaka's power too.
Nery will take part in a public work out on August 10th and admitted that he is looking forward to fighting in Japan, and it's very clear that he's not travelled just to make up the numbers. He's in great shape and looks really hungry to become a world champion, and score the biggest win of his career.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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