Dietician takes the blame for Nery’s weight failure
Earlier today Luis Nery (25-0, 19) was stripped of the WBC Bantamweight title for coming in well over the limit for his rematch with Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介]. The Mexican originally weighed in 5lbs over the limit before losing around 2lbs over the following 2 hours. Through the whole ordeal he looked terrible, and and left himself, and his team open to serious questions, criticisms and some backlash.
Yamanake stated that he wanted both himself and Nery to be in perfect condition for the rematch, as he seeks to prove himself the better fighter. With Nery looking so terrible on the scales, yet having a significant weight advantages it’s fair to say that the Mexican isn’t even close to perfect condition for a Bantamweight bout. He worked hard to prepare for the bout and seemed tosuggest that Nery hadn’t done the same. Akihiko Honda is also said have been critical of Nery and feels that the failure of Nery to make weight has hurt the feelings of Yamanaka, almost a sign of disrespect from the Mexican after the the first bout.
Unsurprisingly Nery failed to give comments to the media, leaving the venue after the weigh in. There was however comments from a number of his team members.
His assistant trainer stated they had nutrionists involved in his camp, they had confidence in them the whole time and felt that Nery could drop the weight. Essentially taking no blame for the weight issues.
Nery’s dietician claimed he had been in charge of Nery for two months and thought that the fighter would have been able to sweat out the 3KG’s he had to lose today. His experience with other fighters seemed to show that it was possible but took full responsibility for Nery not being able to do the same. He apologised to Yamanaka and his team, though in some ways it feels like he has taken the blame as a deflection from Nery and his unprofessional preparation.
It is worth noting that before the first bout between Yamanaka and Nery the Mexican had spoke about moving down to 115lbs, yet today’s weigh in makes it seem like that was never, ever going to be possible.