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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.

Luis Nery
Nickname(s)Pantera ("Panther")
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Reach167 cm (66 in)
BornLuis Esteban Neri Hernández
(1994-12-12) December 12, 1994 (age 24)
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Boxing record
Total fights30
Wins by KO24
No contests0

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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. YamanakaEdit

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 IIEdit

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 bantamweight limit at 121lbs, the WBC bantamweight title was only at stake for Yamanaka and now remains vacant.[14]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
30 fights 30 wins 0 losses
By knockout 24 0
By decision 6 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
30 Win 30–0   Juan Carlos Payano KO 9 (12), 1:43 Jul 20, 2019   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC Silver bantamweight title
29 Win 29−0   McJoe Arroyo RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Mar 16, 2019   AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S.
28 Win 28−0   Renson Robles TKO 7 (10), 1:16 Dec 1, 2018   Arena Pavillón del Norte, Saltillo, Mexico
27 Win 27−0   Jason Canoy TKO 3 (12), 2:44 Oct 6, 2018   Gasmart Stadium, Tijuana, México Won vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title
26 Win 26–0   Shinsuke Yamanaka TKO 2 (12), 1:03 Mar 1, 2018   Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
25 Win 25–0   Arthur Villanueva TKO 6 (10), 1:19 Nov 4, 2017   Estadio Gasmart, Tijuana, Mexico
24 Win 24–0   Shinsuke Yamanaka TKO 4 (12), 2:29 Aug 15, 2017   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   Jesús Martínez RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Mar 11, 2017   Arena Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
22 Win 22–0   Raymond Tabugon TKO 4 (12), 2:42 Dec 17, 2016   El Foro Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico Won vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title
21 Win 21–0   Richie Mepranum TKO 2 (10), 0:41 Oct 22, 2016   Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico
20 Win 20–0   David Sánchez RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Jul 30, 2016   Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico Retained WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title
19 Win 19–0   Martín Casillas UD 10 Apr 16, 2016   Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Mexico City, Mexico Won vacant WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title
18 Win 18–0   Humberto Morales TKO 5 (10), 0:17 Jan 30, 2016   Centro de Convenciones, Rosarito, Mexico
17 Win 17–0   John Mark Apolinario TKO 2 (10), 2:57 Sep 26, 2015   Centro de Convenciones, Puerto Peñasco, Mexico
16 Win 16–0   Jether Oliva RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Feb 28, 2015   Centro de Convenciones, Rosarito, Mexico
15 Win 15–0   Carlos Fontes TKO 8 (8), 2:17 Dec 6, 2014   Centro de Usos Múltiples, Hermosillo, Mexico
14 Win 14–0   Víctor Méndez SD 8 Aug 30, 2014   Centro de Usos Múltiples, Hermosillo, Mexico
13 Win 13–0   José Estrella RTD 5 (8), 0:10 Jun 27, 2014   Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
12 Win 12–0   Antonio Rodríguez KO 3 (8), 2:28 Apr 11, 2014   Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
11 Win 11–0   Javier Cifuentes KO 4 (6) Feb 15, 2014   Feria Mesoamericana, Tapachula, Mexico
10 Win 10–0   Adán Osuna TKO 1 (8), 1:56 Dec 13, 2013   Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
9 Win 9–0   Oswaldo Castro UD 8 Oct 26, 2013   Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
8 Win 8–0   Saúl Hernández TKO 5 (6), 1:04 Aug 23, 2013   Forum Tecate, Tijuana, Mexico
7 Win 7–0   Rafael Alvarado TKO 2 (6), 1:31 Jun 14, 2013   Hipódromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
6 Win 6–0   Marino Canete TKO 2 (4), 2:09 Apr 10, 2013   Salón Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Mexico
5 Win 5–0   Leonardo Reyes TKO 1 (4), 2:18 Feb 16, 2013   Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico
4 Win 4–0   Joan Sandoval UD 4 Nov 28, 2012   Salón Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Mexico
3 Win 3–0   Carlos Castañeda UD 4 Sep 20, 2012   Salón Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Mexico
2 Win 2–0   Javier Miranda UD 4 Jun 7, 2012   Salón Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Mexico
1 Win 1–0   José Guadalupe Salgado TKO 1 (4), 1:04 May 5, 2012   Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico


  1. ^ a b "'Panterita' Nery aspira al trono mundial súpermosca". 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Luis Nery Breaks Down David Sanchez For Stoppage Win - Boxing News".
  3. ^ "Luis Nery vence a Tabugon en cuatro rounds". Azteca Deportes. 18 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Luis Nery se ofrece para enfrentar a "Chocolatito" González". La Prensa. 3 August 2017.
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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