Popular Filipino power puncher Denver Cuello (34-5-6, 22) may have had a year to forget though it seems the future is bright for him and from what we understand he is looking to get back to competing at the top level next year and the intention seems to be for him to get his second shot at the WBC Minimumweight title.
Cuello has been inactive for much of the last 2 years with a recurring arm injury that has thwarted his career and derailed his previous world title bout, a loss to Xiong Zhao Zhong. That issue appears to be behind him now and this coming weekend he will be fighting for the second time in as many months. Although his coming bout is a mismatch, against Indonesia's tough Samuel Tehuayo (18-27-2, 3), it's a bout designed to help Cuello shake off some remaining ring rust and test the arm. If all goes as planned then his team will help move him towards a major bout.
It seems the WBC is the title that Cuello has his eyes set on and that's a belt currently held by unbeaten Thai Wanheng Menayothin (36-0, 12). Wanheng won the belt recently when he stopped Mexico's Oswaldo Novoa and whilst Cuello obviously wants a shot at the belt he's not the only man who appears to be viewing Wanheng as a possible rival. We know that there has been talk about Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2) getting his hands on the WBC champion whilst others are certainly going to be looking at Wanheng as a possible foe.
It's hard not to like Cuello though we suspect he will need a serious test before a world title bout. A bout with Tehuayo will not prepare him for someone like Wanheng and his team really should be trying to get him at least one solid warm up bout before taking on the Thai world champion. If Cuello passes a serious test then it'll be fair to say that he'll be ready to get his shot.
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