Last week we reported that Chinese slugger Ik Yang (19-0-0-1, 14) could get a world title fight in the summer. The main condition for that fight was that Lamont Peterson would have had to lose this past weekend when he fought Danny Garcia in a 143lb catchweight bout. As we're sure you're aware Peterson did indeed lose that bout, dropping a controversial majority decision to Garcia, and subsequently the IBF have stripped Peterson of the title.
As a result the IBF have ordered Yang, the #2 contender, to fight fellow unbeaten Cesar Rene Cuenca(47-0-0-2, 2), the #1 ranked contender.
The bout is now being eyed as the potential bout for the July 18th card in Macau promoted by Top Rank. Of course a deal between Yang's team and Cuenca's will need to be made but with the money available to fight in Macau, especially in a world title fight involving a Chinese fighter, it will be an offer simply too big for Cuenca to say no to.
For those who have seen Yang this is likely great news. He might not be the most skilled fighter on the planet but he is among the most exciting and entertaining with a very unique and unusual style. As for Cuenca he's best known for his lack of power and for being a some what frustrating fighter to watch, certainly not comparable to compatriots in and around the same weight, such as Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse.
The news is likely to be a good news-bad news situation for Chinese fans as it's becoming highly unlikely that Rex Tso (16-0, 9) will get his anticipated WBA Super Flyweight world title bout that was mooted earlier in the year.
Ik Yang may get summer world title fight!
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