MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Denver Cuello moved closer to a shot at the World Boxing Council strawweight title by knocking out Mexican boxer Ganigan Lopez in their strawweight clash in Lopez’s home turf of Mexico.
PhilBoxing reported that Cuello knocked out Lopez after just two rounds.
Cuello actually registered a knock down in the opening seconds of the first round and remained aggressive throughout the second, ending the Mexican's night with strong shots to the body and the head.
In a message sent to PhilBoxing, Cuello thanked the Filipino fans for their support and issued a challenge to WBC strawweight champion Kazuto Ioka of Japan.
"Kazuto Ioka, you can run but you can never hide," Cuello said, who became the mandatory challenger with this victory.
"It was a difficult road for me to get the mandatory status. Let's make the fight happen, even at your home backyard in Japan. I don't care where you want the fight to happen," he added.
"I want to face you right away and get that belt."
Ioka is rated No. 2 in The RING’s strawweight rankings, while Cuello is rated No. 7.
But Cuello’s manager and promoter, Aljoe Jaro, believes his fighter is capable of beating the defending champion.
"Trash talks aside, Denver is unstoppable at 105-pounds. He wants the title belt and nobody is stopping him," Jaro said.
"The kid is hungry. He wants the WBC belt, try to unify the titles in the division and move up and face the top guys at 108 (pounds)," he added.
Jaro also issued a challenge to Ioka, saying, "There is no way out for Ioka. Either he stands up as a real champion and face Denver, or cowardly duck Cuello by moving up in weight."