It's fair to say that the WBC have faced some ire in recent weeks for their slow and frustrating reaction to the drug test failure from current Bantamweight champion Luis Nery (24-0, 18). Nery tested positive for Zilpaterol, which is found in beef in Mexico, is similar to a number of other performance enhancing chemicals and in the WADA list of banned substances.
Rather than condone Nery the WBC blamed the cows, turned a blind eye to Nery's actions and seemingly let him off without a punishment, despite reports suggestng that the amount of the chemical in his body being much more significant than one would have had just from typical beef consumption. Nery explained that as being a result of having "inghested substantial amounts of beef and beef consommé".
Although the WBC have let Nery keep his title, and really put a big black mark on their own Clean Boxing Program, they have ordered a rematch Nery and the man he beat for the title Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介].
Yamanaka was stopped in 4 rounds by Nery earlier this year and had strongly pondered retirement, though today he announced he was going to pursue the rematch with Nery and continue his career. The plan from the Japanese fighter is to try and get the rematch sorted for January or February next year, and it seems like they are hoping to getthe rematch sorted for Japan.
The WBC released a number of fidings from the whole saga, and they make for worrying reading. Including the fact Nery's failed test was from a sample collected on July 27th and the WBC were aware of it on August 22nd. The WBC also stated that they will track Nery's diet for the next 6 months or until the rematch takes place, though it seems to be a short sighted plan, that really doesn't help track Nery's behaviour over the long term, essentially covering him for just a single fight.
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