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    Boxer Cuello grateful after honest cabbie returns WBC title belt

    Oct 10, 2012

    RISING Filipino world contender Denver Cuello reclaimed his world title belt on Wednesday morning when cab driver Pepito Sumalinog personally turned it over to the dzBB radio station.

    The 25-year-old Cuello left the shiny World Boxing Council silver minimumweight title belt, along with a bag, at the taxi driven by Sumalinog late Monday night.

    On Tuesday, he and manager Aljoe Jaro appealed to the public through various media networks and publications, for the belt to be returned to its rightful owner.

    Sumalinog did just that as he brought the WBC belt and Cuello’s bag to the radio station of giant network GMA-7.

    “Ang iniisip ko, siguro naghahanap ang may-ari nito,” said Sumalinog when interviewed on air.

    Contacted later, Cuello expressed his profound gratitude to the taxi driver for his kind gesture.

    “Nagpapa-salamat ako sa mahal ng Panginoon na may taxi driver na pag nakakita ng gamit, sinasauli. Maraming salamat sa inyo Mang Pepito,” Cuello said also on-air.

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    The boxer had just returned from Mexico over the weekend where he won a 12-round unanimous decision over Ivan Meneses to retain his WBC crown.

    Cuello hopes to vie for the regular WBC minimumweight championship against the winner of the title fight between Javier Martinez Resendiz of Mexico and China’s Xiong Zhao Zhong this November.

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