The Luis “Pantera” Nery saga continues

After five Mexican fighters tried and five Mexican fighters failed to defeat the current WBC bantamweight champion, Shinsuke Yamanaka, it is Luis Nery’s turn. On August 15th at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto, Japan, they will be featuring the unbeaten WBC bantamweight champion Yamanaka (27-0-2 with 19 KOs) and his challenger Tijuana, Mexico’s Luis “Pantera” Nery (23-0, 17 KOs). The popular Yamanaka will be defending a Title he first won back on November 6, 2011, a few months shy of six years ago, when he stopped Christian “Italian” Esquivel also from Tijuana, by TKO at the 1:28 mark of round 11 of 12.

Shinsuke Yamanaka, the WBC bantamweight World champion, is not only recognized for his astounding boxing skills, the Japanese people revere him for his discipline and professionalism. The Japan Boxing Commission recognized him as their “Best Boxer of 2016” after he defeated the always tough Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno.

If Yamanaka can defeat Nery, he will equal the mark of most consecutive defenses of a worldwide title, that is now held by Yoko Gushiken, who is a former light flyweight champion. He made 13 title defenses from 1976 to 1981 until he was finally dethroned by the gutsy, masterful Pedro Flores of Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In that amazing fight, the Gushiken corner ended up throwing in the towel in the twelfth and final round.

After now defeating five Mexican boxers, all of whom were defeated by knockout, Yamanaka has become a Mexican assassin. He first knocked Yucatecan Jose “Cacho” Silvia out, then it was Christian Esquivel from Temoaya, Mexico City, Mexico, next it was Veracruz sensation Tomas “Gusano” Rojas, then, in 2013 he knocked out Alberto “Metro” Guevara and finally it Tijuana’s Carlos Carlson in March of this year.

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