Bob Arum had desperately wanted a Chinese world champion for his ever-expanding foray into the middle-Eastern market, and after amateur star Zou Shiming came up short against Amnat Ruenrong in his flyweight challenge in March, 140 lb prospect Ik Yang today followed suit and was comprehensively outclassed by 34 year old unknown Argentinian fighter Cesar Rene Cuenca, in his challenge for the vacant IBF light-welterweight title.
Cuenca, whose slate was 47-0 with only 2 knockouts – yes you did read that right – came in having never boxed outside his home country, and at 34 years old, wasn’t necessarily meant to present too tough a task for the fighter known as “The Wildman”.
Sadly for Yang, he more than lived up to his nickname, and was sloppy, slow and continually frustrated by the slick footwork, fast hands and accurate counter punching of Cuencas, who looked every inch the master boxer for the duration of the contest. Continue reading
MACAU, CHINA (July 17, 2015) – Undefeated No. 1 junior welterweight contender CESAR “El Distinto” CUENCA of Argentina is just three victories shy of tying Rocky Marciano’s hallowed 49-0 record. He will be looking to cut that victory deficit on Saturday when he battles undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender “IK” LIAN HUI YANG of China, for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight world title in the main event of “Victory at The Venetian,” at The Venetian® Macao’s Cotai Arena. The fight will be streamed live to the U.S. via www.toprank.tv, beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET. Continue reading
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (July 8, 2015) — Undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender “IK” LIAN HUI YANG is going to play to the crowd as well as to his own strengths when battles his unbeaten opponent and top-rated contender CESAR “El Distinto” CUENCA, in the main event of “Victory at the Venetian,” Next Saturday! July 18, at The Venetian® Macao’s Cotai Arena. Continue reading
“I want more Chinese to pay attention to boxing and like boxing because of me”—Ik Yang
Slowly but surely, China is beginning to have an impact on the global scene of professional boxing. Two recent examples over the last five months help clearly illustrate this point. The first happened November 24 of last year when Xiong Zhao Zhong made history as he defeated Javier Martinez Resendiz by unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBC Minimumweight Championship, giving him the unique distinction of becoming the first Chinese boxer to ever win a major world title. The other occurred just over a week ago when two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Zou Shiming reportedly earned an astounding $300,000 for his professional debut, a victorious four round contest that was broadcast virtually everywhere in China. The fact that these two success stories unfolded at a time when boxing was already experiencing growing popularity in China is surely no coincidence. Quite the contrary, when considering the noticeable momentum Chinese boxing has gathered since competing in its first Olympic Games in 1992, it is reasonable to believe that this trend will continue and we will inevitably see more and more Chinese talent (and champions) surface in the foreseeable future.
This past Friday another Chinese boxer made headway in a groundbreaking performance when lightweight Ik Yang (12-0, 8 KOs) defeated Mexican pugilist Ivan Zavala by second round knockout. What made this victory noteworthy according to Yang’s trainer and co-manager, Chauncy Welliver, was that “he just became the first Chinese fighter to win on US soil in almost 85 years—as far as I know he is the first Chinaman to do this since Harry Soo won his last fight in 1928, and I looked pretty deep into this”. Continue reading