Luis Nery (boxer)

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Luis Nery
Nickname(s) Pantera ("Panther")


Super bantamweight
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Reach 167 cm (66 in)
Nationality Mexican
Born Luis Esteban Neri Hernández
(1994-12-12) December 12, 1994 (age 23)
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 26
Wins 26
Wins by KO 20
Losses 0

Luis Nery (born Luis Esteban Neri Hernández; born December 12, 1994) is a Mexican professional boxer who held the WBC bantamweight title from August 2017 to February 2018. Nery became a world champion by defeating Shinsuke Yamanaka. He had also won The Ring's bantamweight title, but he was stripped by The Ring after he tested positive for zilpaterol.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Nery was born and fights out of Tijuana. He only fought 9 amateur bouts, winning all of them. 5 of them ended by way of knockout.[1] Nery made his professional debut on May 2012 at the age of 17.

Nery won his first 18 fights before challenging for the vacant WBC Continental bantamweight title against Martín Casillas. Casillas was knocked down twice during the fight as Nery took a unanimous decision (100-88, 99-89, 98-90). Nery's one defense of that regional title came against former interim super flyweight world champion David Sánchez. After an early head clash that threatened to stop the fight, Nery dominated Sánchez landing a series of power punches that broke Sánchez down. The former interim titlist was knocked down in the 5th round and retired in the stool.[2] On December 2016, Nery was knocked down for the first time in his pro career in the opening stanza of a bout against Raymond Tabugon. Despite the knockdown, the fight was mostly one-sided as Nery battered Tabugon until the referee stopped it in the fourth round.[3]

Nery vs. Yamanaka[edit]

Although Nery spoke of challenging for a super flyweight title,[1][4] his first shot at a world title would come against WBC and The Ring bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka on August 15, 2017, which he won with a sensational fourth-round stoppage. The bout started with both fighters trading back and forth combinations, but at the start of the fourth round Nery rocked Yamanaka with a left cross. After a brief respite in which Yamanaka seemed to regain control, Nery continued pummeling the defending champion, who was unable to defend himself. Yamanaka's corner eventually rushed into the ring to protect their fighter, giving Nery the win.[5] The fight was seen by an audience of over 7 million in Japan.[6]

On August 24, it was reported that Nery tested positive for zilpaterol, a banned substance.[7] The sample that tested positive was taken on July 27, while three samples that were taken in August tested negative. Nery claimed he had failed the drug test due to food contamination.[8] After Nery's B-sample confirmed the result, The Ring reinstated Yamanaka as their bantamweight champion. The WBC is expected to make a decision regarding their bantamweight title in the near future.[9]

With the WBC yet to make a public ruling, it was announced Nery would be facing Arthur Villanueva in a non-title bout in his hometown, Tijuana, at Estadio Gasmart on November.[10] In front of a crowd of 16,000, Nery defeated Villanueva with a round 6 TKO, despite being knocked down in round 4. Villanueva claimed that the stoppage was "premature".[11][12]

On October 31, the WBC made its final ruling on Nery's positive test. The sanctioning body concluded that the positive test was due to contaminated food. Consequently, the result of the Yamanaka-Nery title bout wouldn't be overturned but the WBC ordered a rematch, which was eventually scheduled for March.[13]

Nery vs. Yamanaka II[edit]

Nery was once again successful in the rematch, claiming victory with a second-round TKO.

From the outset, Yamanaka attempted to box more conservatively from the outside and had some success in this regard. Nery, however, fired back with a series of savage combinations which visibly hurt Yamanaka, before knocking him down with an overhand left.

The following round was more of the same as Nery stalked and attacked continually, knocking Yamanaka down a total of three times before the fight was waved off.

Ultimately, as Nery weighed in three pounds over the super-bantamweight limit at 121lbs, the WBC bantamweight title was only at stake for Yamanaka and now remains vacant.[14]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
26 fights 26 wins 0 losses
By knockout 20 0
By decision 6 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
26 Win 26–0 Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka TKO 2 (12), 1:03 Mar 1, 2018 Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
25 Win 25–0 Philippines Arthur Villanueva TKO 6 (10), 1:19 Nov 4, 2017 Mexico Estadio Gasmart, Tijuana, Mexico
24 Win 24–0 Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka TKO 4 (12), 2:29 Aug 15, 2017 Japan Shimadzu Arena, Kyoto, Japan Won WBC and The Ring bantamweight titles;
Yamanaka later reinstated as champion by The Ring after Nery failed a drug test
23 Win 23–0 Colombia Jesús Martínez RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Mar 11, 2017 Mexico Arena Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
22 Win 22–0 Philippines Raymond Tabugon TKO 4 (12), 2:42 Dec 17, 2016 Mexico El Foro Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico Won vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title
21 Win 21–0 Philippines Richie Mepranum TKO 2 (10), 0:41 Oct 22, 2016 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico
20 Win 20–0 Mexico David Sánchez RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Jul 30, 2016 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico Retained WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Martín Casillas UD 10 Apr 16, 2016 Mexico Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Mexico City, Mexico Won vacant WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Humberto Morales TKO 5 (10), 0:17 Jan 30, 2016 Mexico Centro de Convenciones, Rosarito, Mexico
17 Win 17–0 Philippines John Mark Apolinario TKO 2 (10), 2:57 Sep 26, 2015 Mexico Centro de Convenciones, Puerto Peñasco, Mexico
16 Win 16–0 Philippines Jether Oliva RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Feb 28, 2015 Mexico Centro de Convenciones, Rosarito, Mexico
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Carlos Fontes TKO 8 (8), 2:17 Dec 6, 2014 Mexico Centro de Usos Múltiples, Hermosillo, Mexico
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Víctor Méndez SD 8 Aug 30, 2014 Mexico Centro de Usos Múltiples, Hermosillo, Mexico
13 Win 13–0 Mexico José Estrella RTD 5 (8), 0:10 Jun 27, 2014 Mexico Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Antonio Rodríguez KO 3 (8), 2:28 Apr 11, 2014 Mexico Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Javier Cifuentes KO 4 (6) Feb 15, 2014 Mexico Feria Mesoamericana, Tapachula, Mexico
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Adán Osuna TKO 1 (8), 1:56 Dec 13, 2013 Mexico Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Oswaldo Castro UD 8 Oct 26, 2013 Mexico Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Saúl Hernández TKO 5 (6), 1:04 Aug 23, 2013 Mexico Forum Tecate, Tijuana, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Rafael Alvarado TKO 2 (6), 1:31 Jun 14, 2013 Mexico Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Marino Canete TKO 2 (4), 2:09 Apr 10, 2013 Mexico Salón Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Mexico
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Leonardo Reyes TKO 1 (4), 2:18 Feb 16, 2013 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Joan Sandoval UD 4 Nov 28, 2012 Mexico Salón Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Carlos Castañeda UD 4 Sep 20, 2012 Mexico Salón Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Javier Miranda UD 4 Jun 7, 2012 Mexico Salón Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico José Guadalupe Salgado TKO 1 (4), 1:04 May 5, 2012 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico


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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Hugo Ruiz
WBC Continental Americas bantamweight champion
April 16, 2016 – October 2016
Title last held by
Anselmo Moreno
WBC Silver bantamweight champion
December 17, 2016 – May 2017
Title next held by
Nordine Oubaali
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Shinsuke Yamanaka
WBC bantamweight champion
August 15, 2017 – present
The Ring bantamweight champion
August 15, 2017 – September 26, 2017
Succeeded by
Shinsuke Yamanaka