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Freddie Roach touts power of IK Yang

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Undefeated “IK” Lian Hui Yang is going to play to the crowd as well as to his own strengths when battles his unbeaten opponent Cesar “El Distinto” Cuenca, in the main event of “Victory at the Venetian,” next Saturday, July 18, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. The two warriors will be duking it out for the vacant IBF junior welterweight world title in a fight that will be streamed live to the U.S. via www.toprank.tv, beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET.

Yang (18-0, 13 KOs), from Dalian, China, is attempting to become China’s second professional fighter to win a world title, while Cuenca (46-0, 2 KOs), from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will attempt to not only make the most of the first world title shot of his 13-year professional career, but cut the deficit to two victories in matching Rocky Marciano’s hallowed mark of 49-0.

“Yang may be the most popular fighter in China today and for one reason, he brings it,” said Freddie Roach.

“Yang has only gone the distance once in the last four years. The fans love him because he backs up his cocky attitude with devastating results. He has one-punch knockout power in both fists. He is as much fun to train as he is to watch. It’s no secret that we are training for a knockout victory. Yang knows he’s in with a master boxer and the only way to beat a guy like Cuenca is to pressure him. And when we get him on the ropes Yang is going to bang away. As the saying goes, ‘Tough guys don’t dance.’ Yang is going to shoot the works in this fight. He wants to bring the title back to China.”

“I am in the best shape of my life and have trained harder than all my previous fights,” said Yang “I have had a great training camp with Freddie and Justin [Fortune] and my sparring partners have really pushed me to the limit. I cannot wait for July 18 in Macau knowing that I have put in the necessary work.”