MANILA, Philippines – Filipino minimumweight boxer Denver Cuello will get his much-awaited shot at the World Boxing Council (WBC) championship, according to WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman.
Speaking with Ronnie Nathanielsz of PhilBoxing, Sulaiman promised that Cuello will fight the winner of the championship bout between China’s Xiong Zhao Zhong and Mexico’s Javier Martinez.
But Cuello will have to once again wait for that shot, as Sulaiman said he recently “received information that Zhao injured his left hand.”
The Zhong-Martinez bout was originally scheduled for October 27, but because of the Chinese boxer’s injury, it was moved to November 7.
“After that, Denver Cuello will fight for the title,” Sulaiman said.
Cuello is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Ivan Meneses in Mexico, wherein he overcame an injured left shoulder and a welt above his right eyebrow to take the win.
Cuello is the No. 1 rated minimumweight fighter by the WBC and holds the organization’s “silver” minimumweight title.
He has not been able to get a shot at the full title, however. The WBC instead sanctioned a world title fight against Zhong and Martinez, even though they are rated lower than the Filipino.
In an interview with RingTV, Cuello’s manager, Aljo Jaro, said the WBC “wants the Chinese (Zhong) to win because China has a big market.” [http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/175057-cuello-overcomes-meneses-wbc-politics-next-up
Jaro said Cuello will be at ringside to watch the Zhong-Martinez clash, though he believes his fighter will be capable of beating either one of them.
“The Chinese is no good. The Mexican is no good also,” Jaro said.