By Chito Yu Katangkatang
After the day of his wedding, more good news reached WBC silver strawweight champion Denver Cuello-Singwangcha. Kazuto Ioka has decided to defend his WBA minimumweight belt and give up the WBC crown. Under the WBC Rules amended last December 13, 2011, Article 3.17 (C) Any vacancy can be filled up by awarding the title to the winner of an elimination bout. This is however subject to the approval by the WBC Board of Governors. As we all recall, Denver won the silver belt and number one spot after knocking out Carlos Perez. However he was moved down to number two and was mandated to face number one rated Ganigan Lopez in an elimination bout which Cuello won via second round knockout.
In an interview with an overjoyed Denver Cuello, he stated that, “I am happy with the news. I knew Ioka was scared from the start. He and his manager do not want to tarnish his undefeated record. They unified with Yaegashi in order to find a way to escape from facing me. I hope WBC will make me regular champion since I have already won my elimination fight with Ganigan Lopez.”
Promoter/Manager Aljoe Jaro told Fightnews that, “Denver has done everything to become champion at the 105 division. He deserves to be crowned with the gold version of the belt. I am very hopeful that the WBC will declare him the regular champion. We have always been loyal to the WBC. We know that they will be fair and consider Denver’s effort and loyalty. If my boxer becomes the regular champion, we are willing to face any mandatory challenger including Wanheng Minayothin who is ranked next to Denver. We are crossing our fingers and waiting for the WBC’s decision.”
Denver was married yesterday to longtime girlfriend Rowena who is the mother of his son Prince. It was a simple gathering graced by principal sponsors Senator Lito Lapid, Quinito Henson, jeweller Quito Cay, pawnshop mogul Jeffrey Sarmiento, Comeddiene-Singer Marissa Sanchez and other godparents close to the couple.
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