May 22nd 2010-Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Denver Cuello (21-3-6, 11) Vs Juan Hernandez (16-1, 13)
In 2010 Mexican fans had some memorable action, some controversy, some confusion and some action packed fights. One such fight was the WBC world title eliminator between Filipino southpaw Denver Cuello and Mexico's very own Juan Hernandez. Although a relatively short, and somewhat sloppy, bout the contest saw both fighters being dropped and plenty of leather being thrown, even if it did feature some lulls in the action.
May 19th 2012- Palenque de la Feria, Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico
Denver Cuello (30-4-6, 20) vs Ganigan Lopez (20-4, 14)
Exciting Filipino slugger Denver Cuello has been one of the best "little men" in boxing for the last few years. Among his most notable bouts was a WBC silver Minimumweight title fight against Mexican contender Ganigan Lopez, himself a talented and heavy handed fighter. This was, essentially, a WBC title eliminator and on paper it looked like a brilliant match up.
September 10th 2010- MSU IIT Gym, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines
Denver Cuello (23-4-6, 13) Vs Muhammad Rachman (62-8-5, 32)
The Minimumweight division has often been one of the sports most over-looked and most over ignored divisions. That is despite the fact it's had some wonderfully exciting fighters in it, including the brilliant Denver Cuello tends to live up to his nickname of "The Excitement". In one of his most notable bouts Cuello battled against Indonesian veteran Muhammad Rachman in a major bout for both men, with Rachman needing a win to keep his career alive following 3 losses in his previous 4 bouts whilst Cuello needed a big to make the world take note.
[Note-We apologise for the poor quality of this video]
When we talk about exciting lower divisions fighters it's hard to ignore Mr Exciting himself Denver Cuello. Cuello, a Filipino known as "The Excitement" combines all the traits love in their fighters. Aggression, heart, power a somewhat leaky defense that sees him taking shots whilst he attempts to behead his opponents on a very regular basis. He is, for all intents and purposes a fighter that everyone should enjoy watching when he's at his best.
Unfortunately Cuello hasn't been at his best in recent years due to a relatively serious arm injury, an injury that almost certainly cost him a WBC world title when he fought Xiong Zhao Zhong.
The injury that cost him against Zhong wasn't a totally new one, sadly it was an on-going issue that given him issues in several other fights, including this contest with Japan's Takashi Kunishige. Sadly as a one-armed fighter Cuello isn't as exciting as he is with 2 arms and like most fighters we him struggling here to hide a nasty injury and still continue to fight on in what as a brave performance against a former world title challenger.
If, like us, you enjoy big punching smaller men then you will love Cuello, even if this isn't his best performance.
Chinese fighter Xiong Zhao Zhong became the first Chinese man in history to win a world title when, in late 2012 he defeated Javier Martinez Resendiz to claim the WBC Minimumweight title. The bout was a controversial one however as Zhong got his chance ahead of Filipino fighter Denver Cuello who was the top contender and was paid a step aside fee to allow Zhong to fight in his title fight.
The WBC allowed Zhong his title fight on the grounds that he would defend against Cuello which he did in 2013 in a major event in the World Trade Centre in Dubai. We won't ruin how the fight went, as we know some haven't seen it before, but we will say that the bout showed the difference between a 1-armed fighter and a 2-armed fighter and that injuries in a fight can seriously change the way a fight goes.
It can be amazing to think who fights who early in their career and in 2006 Filipino fans had the chance to see the exciting Denver Cuello, the fighting his 14th professional contest, taking on the insanely heavy handed Rey Migreno, fighting for just the 5th time. At the time neither man looked like a world level fighter in the making, in fact both men had multiple losses going into the contest and no one would ever have guess that they'd have continued their career, with success, some 8 years later.
Inside a round both men were badly cut from a clash of heads though this didn't stop the two youngsters from continuing to trade shots in a very entertaining bout that saw both men looking to make the most of what they were blessed with. For Cuello it was a case of speed and movement which he used well throughout the opening round, for Migreno it was power and size.
We won't ruin what happens, other than mentioning the cuts from the headclash, but we will say that this is well worth watching as and is really entertaining despite neither man being who they are today, both world ranked contenders.
(Video courtesy of Jerome Naldoza)
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