Denver Cuello to Defend WBC Int. Title on Oct. 30

By Benjie Varella – Tough Filipino prospect Denver Cuello, the minimum weight WBC International champion is set for a match on October 31 against a Japanese national for his first title defense at the famous Araneta Coliseum. Cuello who holds a record of 16 fights, 8 coming by way of knockout, 5 draws and only 2 losses captured the title last April via 4th round stoppage against another Japanese fighter, Hiroshi Matsumoto..

His opponent Kenichi Horikawa (17, 4, 7) has vowed to avenge the loss of his compatriot and stressed that he will beat the Filipino by way of knockout.

On the other hand, in an interview with Aljoe Jaro, Cuello’s manager, he said that his boy is well-conditioned and that the title will remain in the Philippines.

“My boy has trained hard for this match. There is no way that we will give it up. Cuello is going for a knockout”, Jaro said.

Jaro said that with a win against Horikawa, he’ll work out a world title match against the IBF minimum weight Rajito Garci or the WBC champion a at the end of this year.

Cuello is currently ranked #3 by the WBC, #10 by the WBO and WBA and #12 by the IBF.

Article posted on 05.09.2009

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