Boxing: Yang fights for IBF title in Macau; Donaire, Tso on card
- Updated: June 10, 2015
June 10, 2015: Chinese slugger ‘Ik’ Yang Lianhui (19-0, 14 KOs) will battle undefeated No. 1 contender Cesar Cuenca (46-0, 2 KOs) of Argentina for the vacant IBF junior welterweight world title at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena on July 18.
The Dalian-born Yang, 30, will try to go one better than famed compatriot Zou Shiming, who in March lost his first title shot against Amnat Ruenroeng in their IBF flyweight world championship bout at the same venue.
Yang’s first world title fight will headline Top Rank’s ‘Victory at The Venetian’, which will also feature Mickey Bey competing outside the USA for the first time in his 10-year pro career as he defends his IBF lightweight title against No. 1 contender Denis Shafikov in a USA-Russia showdown.
Nonito Donaire (34-3, 22 KOs), the former five-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year, takes on Anthony Settoul (20-3, 8 KOs) of France in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.
Hong Kong hero Rex Tso (16-0, 9 KOs), Macau’s Ng Kuok Kun (7-0, 3 KOs) and 2012 Olympian Jose Ramirez (14-0, 11 KOs) – like Bey, fighting outside the USA for the first time – will all try to preserve their unbeaten records in separate bouts against opponents yet to be confirmed.
Bob Arum, CEO and founder of Top Rank, said: “On July 18, world-class boxers from all parts of the world will compete at Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao, in a night of exciting professional boxing. The principle bout of the evening will feature China’s own ‘Ik’ Yang Lianhui, who will attempt to win a world championship against a talented Argentine foe in Cesar Cuenca.”
The hard-punching Yang has been a consistent crowd pleaser on Top Rank-organised cards at The Venetian Macao and has maintained his undefeated record become the No. 2 junior welterweight contender and earn a clash with the formidable ‘El Distinto’.
Yang made his pro debut in 2007 and is trained by Freddie Roach, whose stable includes Manny Pacquiao and Zou. Yang has won seven of his last eight fights by way of knockout and has fought exclusively at Cotai Arena and in Shanghai since 2013.
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Source: The Venetian Macao (https://www.venetianmacao.com/); Editing by SportAsia