Ik Yang claims IBF Pan Pacific Light Welterweight crown; Ma Yi Ming also wins belts!
Earlier today at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, fans had a chance to see two title bouts and better yet for local fans they got the chance to celebrate as two of their very own won the titles.
One of those men to win belts was the unheralded Ma Yi Ming (12-5, 7) who managed to over-come Indonesian veteran Tommy Seran (24-4, 15) with a 10 round decision to claim both the WBO Asia Pacific and the IBF Pan Pacific Light Flyweight titles. Ming started fast with an aggressive mentality that seemed to be based on breaking down his tough Indonesian foe, that however didn't happen. Later in the bout however, as Ming began to flag, Seran began to have his own success with accurate and clean shots.
When it came to the decision there no was real drama and Ming was a clear winner taking a 98-92 decision to continue his current run which is now standing at 9 straight wins after beginning his career 3-5.
The other man to win a new title was the popular and exciting Ik Yang (18-0-0-1, 13) who forced Thai veteran Fahsai Sakkreerin (41-6-1, 22) to retire at the end of round 4 citing an injury. The win for Yang saw him claiming the IBF Pan Pacific Light Welterweight title and furthering his collection of belts.
Although this was Yang's first title bout as a fully fledged Light Welterweight the weight did seem to suit him more than the Thai. Sadly however some will criticise Yang for taking as long as he did to get rid of the Thai who had previously been taken out in a round by Masao Nakamura. It is however another win and we suspect he'll be moved into the next IBF rankings as he attempts to become another Chinese world champion.
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