November 1, 2017 / 6:57 AM / 3 months ago

WBC orders Nery-Yamanaka rematch following doping probe

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka will get a chance to reclaim the World Boxing Council bantamweight title from Luis Nery after the WBC ordered an immediate rematch between the fighters following a doping investigation concerning the Mexican.

Nery (24-0) scored a fourth round technical knockout in the Aug. 15 bout in Tokyo but has since been under investigation after an out-of-competition sample tested positive for the banned substance Zilpaterol.

Nery and his camp denied the boxer had taken any performance-enhancing drugs and did not request a B sample analysis, the WBC said.

“...the WBC cannot make a determination with sufficient certainty as to whether Mr Nery’s adverse finding was the result of intentional ingestion of a banned substance to improve performance,” the governing body said in a statement.

“The WBC hereby orders an immediate rematch between Mr Nery and Sinshuke Yamanaka...” it added, without changing the result of the original bout.

Yamanaka’s promoters had earlier said the 35-year-old would quit boxing if denied a chance to fight Nery again after losing his first professional fight to the Mexican in his 13th title defense.

“I’ve been thinking that I don’t want to end my career,” Yamanaka (27-1-2) told Kyodo news. “I want to get back at him.”

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by John O'Brien

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