We've known for while that Filipino fighter Denver Cuello (35-5-6, 23) has been eyeing up a potential world title fight with the unbeaten WBC champion Wanheng Menayothin. It would likely that if he was to get that bout at some point later this year he would be expected to fight in Thailand, where Wanheng has relatively powerful and strong financial backers.
Ahead of that possible show down, which we believe is ear marked for December if everything goes to plan, it seems that Cuello is wanting to get experience of the harsh Thai conditions.
In recent weeks the Filipino has been working as part of Amnat Ruenroeng's team ahead of Amnat's IBF Flyweight title defense against Johnriel Casimero. That work will end on June 27th when Cuello takes to the ring to battle against Indonesian journeyman Boy Tanto (9-16, 1)*.
From what we understand the bout is scheduled for 8 rounds at 108lbs to allow Cuello a chance to get used to a fight in Thailand before the possible Wanheng match up. It is however a clear mismatch between a journeyman and one of the top contenders in and around Minimumweight. The idea though is to get through the bout with a win, got some good rounds and get prepared for either a world title eliminator or a world title fight.
The bout was one of a number announced recently for the "Mono 29 Big Fight" card and looks to be the most attention grabbing of the under-card bouts which generally feature a number of young and promising Thia youngsters such as the very promising Atchariya Virotesunobon (3-0, 1) and Denchana Chanadejgym (1-0)
*Tanto's record has been listed differently in the past by Indonesian TV though the general view is that the TV numbers were very wrong.
(Image courtesy of kiatkreerin and thairec.com)
*Huge thanks to Pal for alerting us to this match up!
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