MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Denver Cuello bucked a shoulder injury to defeat Ivan Meneses via unanimous decision after 10 rounds Sunday at the Auditoria del Bicentenario in Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico.
Cuello, who holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver minimumweight title, won with scores of 98-90, 96-92, and 96-92.
According to PhilBoxing, Cuello dropped Meneses in the opening round but could not put the Mexican away.
Cuello then suffered a sprained shoulder in the third round, preventing him from putting enough sting on his punches.
“Sinusuntok ni Meneses ang shoulder niya pag nako-corner siya,” said Cuello’s manager, Aljo Jaro, in an interview with PhilBoxing. “Kaya sabi ko lumayo ka na lang at turuan mo ng boxing lesson.”
To make matters worse, the two boxers clashed heads in the fifth round, opening up a cut on Cuello’s right eye.
Jaro said he was able to stop the bleeding, and Cuello was able to go the distance, even as the Filipino did not get the knockout he wanted.
It was Cuello’s 32nd career victory against four losses and six draws. He now has an 11-fight winning streak, though his knockout streak came to an end in this fight.
Meanwhile, Meneses lost for the 11th time in 30 professional fights. His record now stands at 18-11-1.