It's been reported earlier today that entertaining Chinese slugger Ik Yang (19-0-0-1, 14) could get a world title fight in the summer, if current IBF Light Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17) loses his up coming non-title clash with the unbeaten Danny Garcia (29-0, 17).
The IBF have made it public that if Peterson loses he'll be stripped of his title. That would then leave Yang, ranked #2 by the IBF, in a great place to fight for the belt with the expectation being that he would get an opportunity at some point the summer.
Looking at the rankings Yang's #2 ranking leaves him behind unbeaten Argentinian fighter Cesar Rene Cuenca (47-0-0-2, 2). Cuenca however hasn't fought since last May and is risking being stripped of his ranking based on inactivity. If that happens it would then give us a possible shoot out between Yang and the exciting Australian slugger Leonardo Zappavigna (33-2, 23), who scored a very notable win over Shuhei Tsuchiya last year, or a bout between Yang and European champion Michele Di Rocco (39-1-1, 17).
Prior to the announcement of the Peterson Vs Garcia bout the IBF had given 3 options to Peterson which had included a mandatory defense or a unification bout. Instead Peterson took a third option, to face Garcia in a non-title bout being fought at a catchweight of 143lbs, knowing that if he lost he would lose his title. That was done despite both Garcia and Peterson holding titles at 140lbs.
For those who haven't seen the charismatic Yang he's certainly a bit of an enigma in the ring. One moment he could be boxing, the next he could be doing cut throat gestures before finishing his opponents, as he did against Patomsuk Pathompothong earlier this year. In terms of his style he is very exciting whilst out of the ring he's a man who demands the attention of the media. He is everything that Chinese boxing needs and if he is to get a world title shot in Macau in summer it's fair to it will make up for the recent disappoint of Zou Shimg's loss to Amnat Ruenroeng.
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