Cesar “El Distinto” Cuenca (47-0, 2 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Ik Yang (18-1, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF world title on Saturday night at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. Cuenca dropped Yang in the first round as it looked like he was off balance. Over the fight Yang was largely outboxed despite the Argentine being knocked down himself by a Yang right-hand in the fifth as the Chinese tried to chase down the elusive Cuenca.
A furious final-round flurry from brawler Yang proved too little too late, especially when the Chinese boxer was dubiously deducted a point by Tapdasan for intentionally throwing his polished opponent to the floor in a clinch in which it appeared both fighters were at fault. Yang, threw Cuenca down in round twelve and had a point deducted. Scores were 117-110, 115-110, 116-109.