In the world of boxing, the name Cesar Rene Cuenca is one that has flown under the radar for some time.
Cesar Rene Cuenca 48-0
The Argentinian is the current IBF light welterweight champion and, in a much less publicised fight, will (like Floyd Mayweather this Saturday) have the opportunity to match Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record - the 34-year-old taking on Russian fighter Eduard Troyanovsky in November.
The southpaw's record is undoubtedly impressive but also rather flattering. All of Cuenca's fights apart from his last have been based in Argentina against questionable opposition and only five of 'El Distinto's' forty eight opponents have had unbeaten records at the time of fighting.
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The 140Ib champion though has unbelievable stamina. A fast switch hitter and counter puncher with superb defence, Cuenca has a mere knockout ratio of 4% having stopped only two opponents in his whole career. This has meant that the IBF ruler has boxed through an outstanding three hundred and eighty eight rounds.
Winning gold on foreign soil
In his first fight away from home, the Argentinian travelled to China in July to take on the unbeaten power puncher Ik Yang for the vacant world championship. In a fantastic contest the home fighter, Yang, was knocked down in the first round before Cuenca tasted the canvas in the fifth. The end result was a usual sight for the 34-year-old as he defeated the Chinaman on points winning his first world title.
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Now holding the gold but with little marketing appeal, Cesar Rene Cuenca is having to travel to his challengers back yard.
In November, his first defence will be in Russia against the undefeated Troyanovsky, who has a terrifying 84% knockout ratio. The event will also feature top Russian boxers Denis Lebedev and Alexander Povetkin.
Cesar Rene Cuenca couldn't be further from home come November 4th but, just as he did in his country, the champion will be hoping he can make a name for himself across the world and get some public recognition.
In a career spanning thirteen years, the light welterweight is finally a world champion and with a perfect record the southpaw will be aiming to tie with the great Rocky Marciano.
And, who knows, perhaps he could get to 50-0 if he defends his crown. Floyd Mayweather he may not be but 'El Distinto' is now starting to prove himself on the world scene.
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