Boxing: Yang Lianhui’s title bid ends in Defeat at The Venetian
- Updated: July 18, 2015
July 19, 2015: ‘Ik’ Yang Lianhui was denied ‘Victory at The Venetian’ in Macau on Saturday night as the Dalian-born slugger tried to become only the second Chinese boxer to win a world title.
Yang, 30, was comprehensively beaten by César ‘El Distinto’ Cuenca, who won a unanimous decision after 12 rounds (117-108, 115-110, 116-109) to win the vacant IBF junior welterweight world title and stretch his record to 47-0. The Argentine also ended Yang’s own unbeaten record, handing the Chinese boxer his first defeat after 19 wins.
Yang’s defeat at the Cotai Arena followed that of 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.
In earlier bouts on Saturday, Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire ended Anthony Settoul’s challenge in the second round of their super bantamweight bout.
Hong Kong star Rex Tso stretched his unbeaten streak to 17 wins as a pro with a fourth-round stoppage of Khunkhiri Wisaruth, while Macau’s Ng Kuok Kun secured his eighth straight win with a fourth-round stoppage of Phompetch Gym.
‘Victory at The Venetian’ was the ninth boxing event organised by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd at The Venetian Macao.
Victory at The Venetian, Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao, Macau
Qu Peng defeats Michael Van Nimwegen: UD 6 rounds (58-56, 58-56, 58-56)
Ng Kuok Kun defeats Phompetch Gym: KO Round 4 (2:02)
Rex Tso defeats Khunkhiri Wisaruth: TKO in Round 4 (2:55)
Jose Ramirez defeats Ryusei Yoshida: TKO in Round 4 (0:01)
Nonito Donaire defeats Anthony Settoul: TKO in Round 2 (1:04)
Denis Shafikov defeats Roy Mukhlis: TKO in Round 3 (1:14)
Ju Young Kwon versus Zulpikar Maimaitiali: Technical draw in Round 2 (1:28)
César Cuenca defeats Yang Lianhui: UD 12 rounds (117-108, 115-110, 116-109)
Wins IBF junior welterweight world championship
Source: The Venetian Macao (www.venetianmacao.com); Editing by SportAsia