By David Finger
Although the fight was buried on the undercard of the Oscar Gonzales-Rico Ramos fight this last Friday, undefeated prospect Ik Yang created a stir nonetheless when he became the first Chinese national to win a fight on U.S. soil according to his trainer Chauncy Welliver. Yang, who entered the ring at 11-0, 7 KOs, scored a dominant knockout over Mexican prospect Ivan Zavala (4-1-1, 2 KOs). Zavala, who took the fight on short notice, was coming in off a decision loss to undefeated prospect Sergio Ortega. Still, he was seen as a solid test for the Chinese boxer and many expected a competitive fight. However fans at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington instead saw Yang dominate the Tijuana based brawler, stopping him in 36 seconds of the second round.
“This is the first win by a Chinese fighter in the United States,” commented Yang’s trainer Chauncy Welliver, “it is a great start, and he has made many fans and friends here in Washington.”
Yang initially fought out of South Korea, winning the South Korean Lightweight title in his ninth fight before capturing the WBO China Zone title in Macao back in June of last year.
“Yang has great potential,” added Welliver, “(he has) an entertaining style and is China’s best boxer ever in my opinion.”