MANILA, Philippines – Boxing champion Denver Cuello has recovered his championship belt after forgetting it inside a taxi last Monday.
Cuello said taxi driver Pepito Sumalinog returned his World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver minimumweight title belt worth at least P2 million.
"Nagpapasalamat ako sa mahal na Panginoon na may isang katulad na taxi driver na nagsoli ng mga gamit na naiiwan sa sa taxi niya. Katulad kay Mang Pepito, nagpapasalamat ako ng napakarami at tuwang-tuwa po ako," Cuello told dzMM.
Cuello said he realized that he left the belt inside the taxi some 10 minutes after he alighted in Pasig.
"Medyo nakaidlip ako saglit sa likuran, iyung mga kasamahan ko 'di namalayan na may naiwan ako na bag sa likuran… Nagulat ako [sabi ko] 'oo nga ano.' Lumipat ako sa kabilang way ng kalsada, para maghagilap ng taxi," he said.
"Medyo malaki laki ang halaga nito dahil parang binili namin 'yung belt. May halaga na, tapos babayad ka pa ng sanction fee kaya malaki-laki," he added.
Cuello explained that he brought the title belt, which he earned in a bout against Mexican Carlos Perez in October last year, because he guested in a television show.
He also denied that he was drunk when he forgot the belt.
The boxing champion also promised to reward the honest taxi driver with some cash for returning his belt. - Report from Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News