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Macau results: Cuenca beats Yang for IBF belt; Donaire, Shafikov, Ramirez score wins

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Cesar Cuenca is the new IBF junior welterweight titleholder after an impressive schooling of Ik Yang today in Macau.

Cesar Cuenca def. Ik Yang via unanimous decision (117-110, 115-110, 116-109)

Cuenca (48-0, 2 KO) is now the IBF junior welterweight titleholder with a win that was more dominant and easy than those scores really make it sound. He dropped Yang (19-1, 14 KO) in the opening round, which is not Cuenca's usual style, even if it was a knockdown because Cuenca knocked Yang into the ropes while he was off balance. But Yang did come back to score a fifth round knockdown and at least sort of keep himself in the fight for a bit.

Cuenca was the obviously better schooled fighter, though, and he frustrated Yang throughout. There just wasn't much the 30-year-old Chinese fighter could do, as Cuenca's experience and skill proved to be far too much for him.

Denis Shafikov def. Roy Mukhlis via TKO-3

An easy tune-up win for Shafikov (36-1-1, 20 KO), a legitimate contender at 135 pounds who was to be fighting for Mickey Bey's IBF title before Bey withdrew from the fight. Mukhlis (27-5-3, 21 KO) was no real challenge on paper or in execution.

Nonito Donaire def. Anthony Settoul via TKO-2

Speaking of no real challenge on paper or in execution, Donaire (35-3, 23 KO) predictably wiped out France's Settoul (20-4, 8 KO) in a second tune-up bout back at 122 pounds. The 32-year-old Donaire is rumored to be targeting a fight later this year with Scott Quigg, should Quigg prove successful today against Kiko Martinez, which is far from a guarantee. This fight will air tonight on UniMas.

Jose Ramirez def. Ryusei Yoshida via RTD-3

Ramirez (15-0, 12 KO) continues to look like a serious 140-pound prospect, and given the state of that division could emerge as a player in 2016. Yoshida (26-8, 13 KO) was a sideways step for Ramirez, 22, but the young man is coming along nicely, one of several good looking pro prospects from the disastrous 2012 U.S. Olympic team.

Rex Tso def. Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth via TKO-4

With Zou Shiming and Ik Yang falling short in world title bids, Rex Tso (17-0, 10 KO) may be China's next best hope to win a belt. The super flyweight "Wonder Kid" doesn't appear to be a world beater, but could get a chance at a belt sooner than later as Top Rank continues to search for main event draws in Macau.

Kuok Kun Ng def. Phompetch Twins Gym via TKO-4

KK had Phompetch's number from the get-go in this one, as it was really a skill mismatch, but like many overmatched Thai battlers, Phompetch was there and willing to mix it up. Ng started ripping him with good shots in round three, and finished him off in round four, dropping him once and then totally obliterating him with an uppercut that required no count from the referee. "The Macau Kid" improves to 8-0 (4 KO), while Phompeth falls to 6-4 (3 KO).

Qu Peng def. Michael Van Nimwegen via unanimous decision (58-56, 58-56, 58-56)

Col. Bob Sheridan turned "Michael Van Nimwegen" into "Mike Van," because he's not here to learn curtain jerker names. This was an entertaining opener without a lot of skill on display, just a couple of dudes headhunting from range, which was fun enough to watch. The scores were debatable but not close to outrageous or anything, the fight could've been 4-2 either way, or 3-3. Peng is now 8-1-1 (5 KO), while Van Nimwegen drops to 7-4 (4 KO).