Denver Cuello returns to action after nursing shoulder injury
MANILA, Philippines – After spending 14 months on the shelf due to a shoulder injury, Denver Cuello returns to the ring on October 11 at the Davao City Recreation Center in Davao del Sur.
Cuello is scheduled to square off with Thai pugilist Jaipetch Chaiyonggym in a 10-round contest.
He tore his right rotator cuff in June 2013 when he challenged Xiong Zhao Zhong for the World Boxing Council (WBC) strawweight belt in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
At that time, Cuello was aiming to become the 39th Filipino to win a world boxing title, but Xiong hampered his dream to be a champion as the Chinese boxer won by way of majority decision.
It was a close call after Xiong took a count in the first round, where was dropped by a straight left as the Pinoy southpaw got off to a fast start.
After scoring a knockdown in the opening salvo, Cuello struggled to put his punches together and was using only his left hand.
Following his unsuccessful championship campaign, the 5-foot-3 native of Cabatuan, Iloilo underwent an immediate operation to repair his injured shoulder that kept him on the sidelines for months before having the green light from the doctors to train again.
The 27-year-old Cuello (33-5-6, 21 KOs) highlighted his prizefighting career in October 2011 when he captured the vacant WBC Silver strawweight strap by trouncing Carlos Perez via first-round technical knockout and then successfully defended it against Ganigan Lopez by second-round stoppage 7 months later.
Prior to his disappointing setback to Xiong, he was riding high on a 12-fight winning streak, stopping ten of his opponents.
For his comeback bout, Cuello is taking on a young fighter in Chaiyonggym (3-1, 2 KOs), who is a coming off a knockout loss to Pinoy boxer Jonathan Taconing this past July.
The Cuello-Chaiyonggym match is the co-featured contest of the Manny Piñol-owned Sonshine Sports Management event, which is headlined by IBO light flyweight titlist Rey Loreto facing Indonesia foe Heri Amol. – Rappler.com
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