Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Nery vs Yamanaka?
Luis Nery beat Shinsuke Yamanaka by technical knockout in the 2nd round on Thursday 1st March 2018 at Kokugikan in Tokyo.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 118 pounds (8.4 stone or 53.5 KG).
This contest was for the unified bantamweight championship of the world, with the WBC & The Ring belts on the line.
Nery vs Yamanaka stats
Back in March 2018, Luis Nery stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 25 wins, zero loses and 0 draws.
Shinsuke Yamanaka made his way to the ring with a record of 27 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws.
Luis Nery was the younger man by 12 years, at 23 years old.
Yamanaka had a height advantage of 2 inches over Nery. That also extended to a 5-inch reach advantage.
Both Luis Nery & Shinsuke Yamanaka fought out of a southpaw stance.
Nery was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 5 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 6 year and 3 months later than Yamanaka, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 175 more professional rounds, 175 to Yamanaka's 0.
Shinsuke Yamanaka was ranked number 1 by the WBC in the 118lb division.
Nery vs Yamanaka form
Yamanaka had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Luis Nery on 15th August 2017 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBC World Bantamweight and The Ring Bantamweight championship fight at Shimazu Arena, Kyoto, Japan.
Previous to that, he had defeated Carlos Carlson on 2nd March 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Bantamweight and The Ring Bantamweight championship fight at Kokugikan, Tokyo.
Going into that contest, he had beat Anselmo Moreno on 16th September 2016 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Bantamweight championship fight at EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka.
Before that, he had won against Liborio Solis on 4th March 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Bantamweight championship fight at Shimazu Arena, Kyoto.
He had beat Anselmo Moreno on 22nd September 2015 by split decision in their WBC World Bantamweight and The Ring Bantamweight championship fight at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo.
Nery's last 3 fights had come over a period of 11 months and 18 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.7 rounds on average.
Yamanaka's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
What time did Nery vs Yamanaka start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 AM UTC at Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan, which was 6:00 AM EST or 3:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 11:00 AM GMT in the UK.
What were the odds on Nery vs Yamanaka?
Luis Nery was a 2/5 (-250) favourite going into the contest, while Shinsuke Yamanaka made his way into the ring at 47/25 (+190) with oddsmakers.