After being out of the ring for three years, Filipino boxer Denver “The Excitement” Cuello eyes a ring return later this year to continue his quest of fulfilling his dream of becoming a world champion.
The 31-year-old Cabatuan, Iloilo native, who once was hailed as the next “Manny Pacquiao” because of his tremendous punching power at the lower weight class, has now shifted his attention back to boxing after successfully conquering his injury which was the main reason of his three-year layoff.
“I’m very excited to get back inside the ring and to continue my quest of becoming a world champion. It took me three years because I want to make sure that my shoulder injury has fully healed and won’t bother me anymore. Now I can say that I’m 100 percent ready,” Cuello shared.
After tearing his right rotator cuff in his heartbreaking majority decision loss to Xiong Zhao Zhong for the World Boxing Council (WBC) strawweight belt in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in June 2013, Cuello still managed to win three more bouts before he and his camp finally decided to focus first on the treatment of his injury.
“It was a long and tough process, but I feel strong and better now,” Cuello said.
Away from the squared circle, the former WBC Silver strawweight champion ended up developing his own coffee shop and business franchises while nursing his injured shoulder.
Cuello also bared that he is in the process of building his own boxing gym where he can share and teach his knowledge to anyone who would like to enter the sport in the future, especially to young and aspiring pugilists.
“It was a tough decision to leave boxing but I need to do it to make sure that I’ll be 100 percent healthy. I just focused my attention with other stuff like managing my own business while away from the sport,” Cuello said.
Cuello likewise revealed that he already cut ties with longtime handler Aljoe Jaro and is currently doing a series of meetings with different promoters who expressed their interest in acquiring his services.
Cuello disclosed that being away from the sport gained him weight, which was the main factor of him choosing the junior flyweight as his new fighting division.
“I’m getting phone calls from different promoters and one of them is from Gennady Golovkin’s team who will be flying here in the Philippines this June to talk things over personally,” Cuello revealed. “I gained too much weight while away from boxing that why I decided to move up in weight and continue my career at 108.”
If everything goes well for Cuello, who holds a professional record of 36-5-6 with 24 knockouts, he is planning to stage his comeback fight at the end of July or first week of August.
If successful in his comeback campaign, he would like to hunt down the champions at 108.
“I would like to fight the champions at 108 especially the one in WBC or IBF, I’m planning to evaluate myself by making 2 or 3 tune up fights, then if everything works well, hopefully they’ll give me another shot to accomplish my dream of becoming a world champion,” Cuello ended.