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    Snubbed Cuello accepts WBC step-aside fee

    Feb 8, 2013

    AFTER weeks of heated negotiations, the camp of Pinoy contender Denver Cuello finally agreed step aside and allow WBC to push through with the title defense of newly minted WBC minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong against another challenger.

    Cuello is the mandatory challenger for the title, but handlers of Zhong have constantly refused to pit their pint-sized fighter against the deadly Filipino pugilist, instead opting to give other challengers a shot at world title in the 105-pound division.

    No less than WBC president Jose Sulaiman offered a US$100,000 step-aside fee to Cuello, which the Iloilo native turned down last month.

    Cuello's manager, Aljoe Jaro, told Spin.ph that they decided to give in to the appeal of the WBC and consequently dropped the charges being readied against the world boxing body for the repeated snub.

    “Talagang takot sila sa amin, kasi kayang-kayang sagasaan ni Denver yung fighter nila”, said Jaro. “Alam nilang magiging one-hit wonder sila sa korona kung kami agad ang lalabanan nila."

    “Pero hinayaan na muna namin, kasi baka yung ibang fighters namin ang ipitin," added Jaro, who also has a slew of quality fighters campaigning under the WBC umbrella.

    The former boxer-turned-promoter warned that this will be the last time they will allow the WBC to snub Cuello.

    “Next time, itutuloy na namin ang kaso sa kanila. Ilang taon na nilang ni-yoyo yung fighter natin," warned Jaro.

    The Binangonan-based boxing manager also hinted that they can always transfer to other boxing organizations like  the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Organization, and the International Boxing Federation.

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    Cuello is being pencilled for a Manila fight in March against a still-to-be-picked opponent.

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