Earlier today we were sent information regarding the up coming bouts of 3 popular and heavy handed Filipino fighters who will all be in action on October 11th in Davao del Sur.
For many the most exciting man on the card is former world title challenger Denver Cuello (33-5-6, 21) who will be returning to the ring after suffering a recurring injury which has kept him on the side line for more than a year. Cuello, given his long absence, wasn't expected to be matched hard and so it's no surprise that he's facing a very limited foe though we had hoped someone a little bit better than Jaipetch Chaiyonggym (3-1, 2). Jaipetch may be a familiar name to hardcore Filipino fans for his previous bout, which saw him dispatched in 3 rounds by Jonathan Taconing, and we'd not be too surprised to see the Thai stopped early on here. We understand that for Cuello it's a return to the ring after his injury and we have no real complaints about such a limited opponent given what "The Excitement" has been through recently.
Former IBO Super Flyweight champion Edrin Dapudong (29-6, 17) has had his opponent named as Wisanlek Sithsaithong (11-5, 6) with this bout being viewed as a warm up before Dapudong gets a rematch with recent foe Lwandile Sityatha, who took Dapudong's title from him with a split decision in July. As with Jaipetch it's hard to see Wisanlek really having a chance. The Thai is, according to boxrec, on an 11 fight winning streak though has been inactive for over 2 years and faced novices in all 11 of those wins. Interestingly Wisanlek has shared a ring with Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr and Ratchasak KKP, fighting both men in their debuts back in 2010. Notably he was stopped by both.
The third bout will see IBO Light Flyweight champion Rey Loreto (18-13, 10) fighting against Indonesian journeyman Heri Amol (34-19-4, 14). On paper this looks a very even match up though in reality it's being served up to Loreto as a tune up before he defends his IBO title. Loreto, as you'll likely remember, won his title earlier this year when he scored a KO of the year contender against South Africa's Nkosinathi Joyi, the two are expected to meet again in December if Loreto gets through this bout with no issues. As for Amol this will be his second contest since being defeated by the debuting Ken Shiro just a few weeks back. Given that Loreto has been out of the ring for a while he maybe rusty though Amol is unlikely to make him pay.
The show, dubbed "Clash of the Little Titans" will be aired on Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) as part of their Sports coverage and whilst it's not a card of 50-50 bouts it's hard not to enjoy the hard hitting Filipino trio who all have big bouts to look forward to in their future.
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We have been informed in the last hour that there will be an interesting Filipino show on October 11th in Davao City.
The show, which as been dubbed "The Boxing Revolution II", hasn't been totally matched up as of yet though is set to feature a trio of notable Filipino fighters, all of which are heavy handed and exciting to watch.
The most notable bout on the show will see the return to the ring of the highly popular Denver Cuello (33-5-6, 21) who has been inactive since losing to Xiong Zhao Zhong in Dubia in June 2013. That bout saw Cuello re-injuring his shoulder and being forced to have serious work done to repair it. Sadly that work, and rehab, has taken more than a year though we're all looking forward to see "The Excitement" return to the ring.
As well as Cuello we've also been told that Rey Loreto (18-13, 10), the IBO Light Flyweight champion, and Edrin Dapudong (29-6, 17), the former IBO Super Flyweight champion, will be in action.
For Loreto this will be his first bout since his stunning upset of the year contender against Nkosinathi Joyi way back in February. The idea seems to be for Loreto to fight on this show to shake some rust before fighting a rematch with Joyi in December to prove that his win wasn't a fluke.
As for Dapudong he'll be fighting a stay busy fight before he gets a chance to fight in a rematch with Lwandile Sityatha, hopefully at the end of this year.
No opponents for the three Filipino's have been named though they have been linked to opponents from Thailand and Japan and expected to have the fights signed in the next week or so.
Our sources in the Philippines have informed us that the popular Denver "The Excitement" Cuello (33-5-6, 21) will return to the ring on August 16th ending an injury enforced break from the ring that followed his loss to China's Xiong Zhao Zhong back in July 2013.
Cuello has unfortunately been plagued by injury woes in his recent times with his right shoulder having been a major issue in his last 3 fights. Hopefully the extended break and rehabilitation will have allowed him to have fully recovered by the time he gets back into the ring.
As well as the August 16th date we've also been told that his opponent will be Indonesian Tommy Seran (23-2, 14). Seran is well known to Indonesian fans as he has already fought numerous other Filipino fighters, most notably Milan Melindo who stopped in in 4 rounds in Macau last year. From the Melindo result we'd expect Cuello to stop Seran quickly though of course it's less about the result and more about what shape the shoulder of Cuello is in. If he re-injures it again then there is every possibility that that will be the end of his career.
Whilst we shouldn't really take sides we really wish Cuello all the best on his return to the ring. He's great fun to watch and it would be a massive shame if we had to see such an exciting and likeable fighter call quits on his career when he's still only in his 20's. From everyone here, we all with Denver good luck!
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Popular Filipino puncher Denver Cuello (33-5-6, 21) may have lost in a WBC world title fight last year to China's Xiong Zhao Zhong but it wasn't the loss that was the most painful part of that fight. Instead it was a serious injury to his shoulder that effectively cost him the bout and has kept him out of the ring for the better part of a year.
It now seems that Cuello has healed enough to return to the gym for full training and has finally been given clearance by his doctor to spar. Prior to this clearance he was doing everything but sparring as he tried to get back to where he was a year ago in his fitness and boxing.
Known as "The Excitement", the 27 year old Cuello is a fighter we all miss seeing in the ring. He's fun to watch with his power and aggression, and although he's yet to win a world title he is certainly world class with notable wins over Ganigan Lopez and Muhammad Rachman.
We're hoping that the return to the ring will be a relatively easy one for Cuello before he looks to re-establish himself in the world rankings.
At the moment no specific date has been set for Cuello's return, but summer seems to be likely with the fighter being given plenty of time to prepare and to get back to full fighting fitness.
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We've recently head news of several promising world title fights featuring Asian fighters.
In Japan the action seems pretty thin in regards to world title bouts but on July 23rd Koki Kameda (30-1, 17) will defend his WBA Bantamweight title as he takes on the highly ranked Filipino John Mark Apolinario (17-2-3, 4). Kameda, a 3 weight world champion, will be facing a man who has twice drawn in bouts for the "interim" version of his title.
On the same card as the Kameda/Apolinario bout female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (12-0-2, 2) defends against Anabel Ortiz (11-3, 2). This bout will be Ortiz's 3rd bout in Japan and should be an absolute barn burner between two highly regarded fighters.
Although scheduled action in Japan at the world level is limited the Philippines seems to be the place to go at the moment.
On July 13th WBO Minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (21-0, 11) will make the first defense of his belt as he takes on Colombian challenger Jorle Estrada (17-6, 6).
Just over a week later (July 21st) Filipino road warrior John Riel Casimero (18-2, 10) will defend his IBF Light Flyweight title as he takes on Mauricio Fuentes (16-2, 10). This will be Casimero's first fight at home since October 2011 and just his second in 8 bouts having traveled to Nicaragua, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina and Panama in recent bouts.
In early August Japan's Tomoki Kameda (27-0, 18) faces WBO Bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda (20-0, 10). This bout is also in the Philippines which was selected as a neutral venue.
We're also expecting a title defense by WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (31-1-14, 17) in August, though his opponent is yet to be named.
Much avoided Filipino Denver Cuello (33-4-6, 21) looks likely to finally get his chance as he's now scheduled to face China's Xiong Zhao Zhong (20-4-1, 11), the current WBC Minimumweight champion. This bout is expected to take place in Dubai though we do have our doubts about it all at the moment.
In July Nihito Arakawa (24-2-1, 16) travels to Texas to take on the unbeaten and fun to watch Omar Figueroa (21-0-1, 17) in a bout for the WBC "interim" Lightweight title. This will only be Arakawa's second fight away from home (suffering a technical decision loss to Daniel Estrada last November) but it's a bout that he has a real chance to win.
The same month sees Milan Melindo (29-0, 12) attempt to claim the WBA "super" and WBO Flyweight titles as he takes on Juan Francisco Estrada (24-2, 18) in Macau.
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