MANILA, Philippines – Filipino minimumweight fighter Denver Cuello is planning to sue the World Boxing Council (WBC) Board of Governors and its president, Don Jose Sulaiman, for breaching a written agreement.
PhilBoxing.com reports that Cuello “has engaged the services of legal experts” to sue Sulaiman and the Board of Governors after they breached a written commitment regarding Cuello’s status as mandatory challenger to WBC minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong of China.
Cuello has been the No. 1 contender in the division for the past two years and was supposed to fight for the vacant belt this year. However, he was asked to step aside by Sulaiman, who wanted to give Zhong a chance to fight for the title.
“We agreed to step aside because of the verbal and written commitments made by president Sulaiman and the WBC Board of Governors that Denver will be the mandatory challenger to the winner of the China championship bout,” said Aljoe Jaro, Cuello’s manager, in an interview with PhilBoxing.
But Jaro said that instead of fighting Cuello, Zhong will defend his belt against a “choice challenger from Mexico.”
PhilBoxing said Atty. Israelito Torreon, the governor of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines for Mindanao, has volunteered to handle the case if it will be filed in the Philippines.
“This is going to be an interesting case and we would like to see Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC Board of Governors in the sala of Philippine judges,” Torreon said.