On Saturday night in Tijuana, Mexico fight fans had the chance to see former WBC Bantamweight champion Luis Nery (27-0, 21) return to the ring since he lost the WBC title on the scales, ahead of his second bout with Shinsuke Yamanaka. In the opposite corner to the Mexican was Filipino foe Jason Canoy (27-9-2, 19), with the two men fighting for the WBC Silver Bantamweight title.
In the opening round the controversial Mexican fighter managed to drop Canoy with a short left hand, in what was a pretty dominant round for the Mexican fighter. Canoy never really seemed to recover fully.
Despite not recovering Canoy did show his toughness by making his way into round 3, though where he attempted to take the fight to Nery, though was caught against the ropes and took some notable punishment. Canoy would be bent over from some big body shots before a follow up from Nery dropped him.
For Canoy this is the first stoppage loss of his career whilst Nery keeps himself in the Bantamweight title mix, though it's fair to say the WBC situation is a mess at Bantamweight given they don't have a champion and potentially already have two-mandatory challengers lined up.
Later today, Saturday, we'll see controversial Mexican fighter Luis Nery (26-0, 20) take on Filipino foe Jason Canoy (27-8-2, 19) in a bout for the WBC Silver Bantamweight title.
The bout will be Nery's first since he was stripped of the world title for massively missing weight for his second contest with Shinsuke Yamanaka, and was subsequently given an indefinite suspension by the JBC.
Yesterday the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both men made the 118lb limit, weighing in at exactly 118lbs.
Both men looked full of confidence and will know that a win puts them in the world title mix, though it does seem likely they will have to wait given the WBC's mess at 118lbs. A mess that won't be sorted until we're well into 2019.
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Earlier this week it was confirmed that controversial Mexican fighter Luis Nery (26-0, 20) will make his ring return on October 6th, as he takes on Filipino foe Jason Canoy (27-8-2, 19) in a bout for the WBC Silver Bantamweight title.
Nery first found himself in hot water in August 2017, when he defeated Shinsuke Yamanaka to become the WBC Bantamweight champion, though would test positive or Clenbuterol. The WBC decided to go with his excuse of having tainted meat. He would then fail to make weight for a rematch with Yamanaka in March 2018, and receive an indefinite suspension from the JBC as well as a short term ban from the WBC.
That ban is now over and Nery has been cleared to fight for WBC titles, with his bout against Canoy being a WBC "silver" Bantamweight title bout. Which in effect confuses the already messy WBC Bantamweight title picture.
Nery was 3lbs over the Bantamweight limit for the rematch with Yamanaka earlier this year, and we now need to go back over a year for the last time Nery made the 118lb limit. A win for him would immediately put him in line for the WBC Bantamweight title. That title is currently vacant, though Nordine Oubaali (14-0, 11) and American Rau'shee Warren (16-2-0-1, 4) are expected to fight for it in October. The winner of that bout will then be mandated to defend the title against unbeaten Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (47-0, 32) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] with the eventual winner form that facing Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真].
Filipino tough guy Canoy is relatively well known by now only the Filipino fight fans but also those who follow Japanese boxing. He was the debut opponent for Hinata Maruta back in 2015, losing to the then very highly touted Maruta, and more recently took part in a thrilling 12 round war with Hiroaki Teshigawara for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. It should be noted that the last time he won a bout at Bantamweight was back in September 2016!
Amazingly, at the time of writing, neither man is ranked in the WBC's top 40 at Bantamweight, meaning that the winner will essentially go from totally unranked to being a leading WBC contender.
Interestingly this bout will take place at the Estadio Gasmart in Tijuana, a baseball stadium able to hold more than 16,000 fans.
Every so often we get a match up on paper that looks set to be something special. It doesn't always involve world class fighters, but almost always involves two fighters with similar mentalities and styles. Today we got one such bout, as WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (16-2-2, 9) [勅使河原 弘晶] battled teak tough Filipino slugger Jason Canoy (27-8-2, 19).
The bout, Teshigawara's first defense of the title, looked a mismatch if you just looked at the fighter's records, especially given that Canoy had lost to the then debuting Hinata Maruta back in late 2015. It was however the total opposite of you knew the fighters in question. Both were flawed but aggressive fighters, looking to put on a tear up for the fans. This was obvious almost immediately as the two quickly began to put on a show, though it was Canoy who struck first, seemingly hurting the champion in the first round.
Teshigawara, to his credit, regrouped and took rounds 2 and 3 but never looked too comfortable with Canoy on his tail and the Filipino took round 4 to level off the scores, 38-38.
To his credit Teshigawara managed to settle into his gameplan in the middle rounds, and was up on all 3 cards after 8 rounds. Despite Teshigawara being in the lead, 78-74, twice, and 77-75, the bout was far from over.
In round 9 a surging Canoy tried to up the pace, taking the round on two of the cards, before sweeping round 10, drawing level on one card. Canoy tried to keep it up, as we went into the championship rounds but Teshigawara gritted his teeth and traded blows in an exciting, albeit it messy, end to what had been a fantastic contest.
After 12 rounds the champion managed to retain the title, with scores of 115-113, twice, and 116-112, but knew he had been in a fight. It's likely he'll face Tenta Kiyose later in the year, in his next defense, but Canoy made seemed to suggest he wanted a rematch, following what had been a real war of a regional title bout.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get a thrilling looking match up as WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (15-2-2, 9) [勅使河原 弘晶] defends his belt, for the first time, against Filipino slugger Jason Canoy (27-7-2, 19).
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the match up and both fighters managed to make weight for what looks set to be a thrilling and action packed bout.
On the scales the defending champion was bang on the divisional limit of 118lbs, and looked in good shape, despite being slightly drawn around the face. It's clear that whilst Teshigawara is strong at the weight he does have to drain a bit to make the limit, and that may be an issue if the fight is close going in to the later rounds.
As for Canoy he was comfortably under the limit, around 117.75lbs, and looked healthy than Teshigawara, though was giving away significant natural size to the Japanese fighter. He is closer, in stature, than he was last time he was in Japan, losing to Hinata Maruta, but still looks like the much smaller man. Interestingly he is 0-5 on the road, and although that looks bad he is a very live under-dog here and could well prove to be a banana skin given his power, toughness and will to win.
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