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Lenny Zappavigna and IK Yang to fight IBF 140-pound eliminator

The Crawford-Postol card on July 23 now has a 140-pound title eliminator on the undercard.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Australia’s Lenny Zappavigna and China's IK Yang had already been announced to be meeting in a 10-round junior welterweight bout on the Crawford-Postol undercard on July 23 in Las Vegas, but reports that the fight has been changed to a 12-round bout and an IBF eliminator, with the winner receiving the No. 2 slot in the IBF rankings.

Zappavigna (34-2, 24 KO) and Yang (19-1, 14 KO) aren't really considered serious contenders in the division, but that’s boxing for you.

Zappavigna, 28, commonly known as "Lenny Zappa," has won nine straight fights of little substance following back-to-back losses to Miguel Vazquez and Ammeth Diaz in 2011, the former a fight for Vazquez’s IBF lightweight title.

Yang, 31, is coming off of a clear loss to Cesar Cuenca last July in Macau, a fight that was for the vacant IBF junior welterweight belt. Since then, Cuenca has lost the title to Eduard Troyanovsky, who also won a rematch in April.

Zappavigna-Yang will be part of the preliminary card, before the HBO pay-per-view broadcast starts.

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