Cuenca At 46-0, Fights Ik Yang Saturday


Undefeated Warriors Battle for IBF Jr. Welterweight Title

This Saturday! July 18, at The Venetian Macao

Live to the U.S. via at 6 A.M. ET

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, beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET.

Cuenca (46-0, 2 KOs) is tied with Hall of Famer Joe Calzaghe for third place on boxing’s all-time list of undefeated fighters, behind Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Marciano.

“I made my pro debut in 2002 and I have climbed up the ratings the old-fashioned way, by winning,” said Cuenca, 34. “No one ever did me any favors. I earned my No. 1 world rating by beating everyone who has been put in front of me in the ring for the past 13 years. I have probably boxed more rounds professionally than anyone of my era. Lots of fighters claim they train to go the distance but I really do.”

Against the Freddie Roach-trained Yang (18-0, 13 KOs) Cuenca will be going up against a Chinese knockout artist who has gone the distance only once in the past four years.

“I think once we get past the midpoint of the fight, Yang is going to be in very deep and very uncharted waters. We will see who is in condition to go the distance. I want to bring the world title home to Argentina, a country with a proud lineage of great fighters dating back to “The Wild Bull of the Pampas” Luis Firpo.

“Regarding my style I am more Mayweather than Marciano,” continued Cuenca. “Mayweather has had only two knockout victories over the past 10 years. He fights his fight and he fights to win. That is my philosophy too. After I claim the title I want to make the most of it and fight only the biggest fights. Perhaps a world title unification with undefeated junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford or move up a weight division in a battle for the best record of our era, against Mayweather.”

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate and SECA, remaining tickets to Victory at the Venetian can be purchased via Cotai Ticketing™; prices start at HKD/MOP 180, with ferry and hotel packages also available.

Former Fighter of the Year and five-division world champion NONITO “Filipino Flash” DONAIRE (34-3, 22 KOs),from General Santos City, Philippines, and 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated super lightweight contender JOSE RAMÍREZ (14-0, 11 KOs), from Avenal, Calif.will also be featured on the “Victory at The Venetian” card. Their fights will be televised to the U.S, via same-day delay, on Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.Donaire, in the hunt for another world title shot, will be taking on France’s ANTHONY SETTOUL (20-3, 8 KOs), from Clermont-Ferrand, France,in a 10-round super bantamweight battle. Ramírez will open the telecast in an eight-round super lightweight bout against RYUSEI YOSHIDA (26-7, 13 KOs), of Kumamoto, Japan.

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-oubobcat :

I am a diehard and did watch the Cuenca-Yang fight this morning. And must admit that Cuenca turned out to be a better fighter and more entertaining than I expected. With the exception of the 5th round where he was knocked down (but never in any real danger), I gave him every round. Cuenca is not a runner. He stood in the pocket as a southpaw and at times led and others countered. It was definitely not boring to watch. In a way, reminded me of a prime Paul Spadafora who fought in a very similar manner. As for how he stacks up against other 140 pounders, we will soon find out I would guess. Top Rank mentioned him as a possible opponent for Crawford but I think Cuenca holds onto to his belt with maybe an easy defense in Argentina and then tries to lure Matthysse into a fight. Its a natural with both potentially holding belts and being from Argentina. And believe it or not would be a very interesting fight with the mesh of styles.