'One-armed bandit' Cuello felt sorry for self after viewing fight video
“Naawa ako sa sarili ko. Pero sabi ko nga, ito yung career na pinasok ko. At kahit isang kamay lang ang gamit ko, lalaban at lalaban pa rin ako,” says Denver Cuello after watching a video of the Xiong Zhao Zhong fight.

DENVER Cuello finally got the chance to see the full video of his failed bid to wrest the World Boxing Council (WBC) minimumweight title from Xiong Zhao Zhong of China.

And his verdict is just the same as those who had already seen it – the Filipino challenger could have been a world champion by now had he not fought with just one good hand.

“Hinayang na hinayang ako. Kung sana dalawa kamay ko, baka hindi na tumayo si Zhong sa first round,” Cuello reiterated.

The 25-year-old Ilonggo decked the champion right in the opening round of their world title fight last week at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, but failed to sustain the momentum as he was nursing a torn right rotator cuff that forced him to fight with just a single hand.

The result had Cuello suffering a majority decision loss.

“Naawa ako sa sarili ko. Pero sabi ko nga, ito yung career na pinasok ko. At kahit isang kamay lang ang gamit ko, lalaban at lalaban pa rin ako,” he said.   

At the same time, Cuello bared he felt he got the raw end of the judging as the video would clearly show he won the match against the Chinese.

“Sa sarili ko, alam ko na lamang na lamang ako. Hindi ko rin alam kung ano ang nakita ng judges. Pero alam ko ako dapat ang panalo run,” he said.

“Siguro sa susunod naming pagkikita, gagawin ko ang lahat para bumawi. Babalik ako at hindi papayag na maulit `yung talo ko sa kanya. Titiyakin kong ma-knock-out siya.”

Cuello will undergo a non-invasive surgery on his right shoulder next week to repair a torn tissue on his rotator cuff.

He’s expected to be out of action for at least seven months.

As for the investigation being planned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) on reports that he took the fight despite already nursing an injury, Cuello insisted it was a choice he made.

“Talagang nakiusap ako na payagan akong lumaban. Ako ang may gusto nun. Alam kong kayang-kaya ko `yung kalaban,” said Cuello, who exonerated trainer and manager Aljoe Jaro over the incident.

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