Denver Cuello Eyes Xiong Zhao Zhong in 2013 Bout

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

China crowned its first world champion in an historic fight  card when Xiong Zhao Zhong won the vacant World Boxing Council minimumweight title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Mexico’s Javier Martinez Resendiz at the Kunming City Stadium in Kunming, China.

Watching the fight at ringside was mandatory challenger Denver Cuello of the Philippines along with his promoter/manager/trainer Aljoe Jaro.

Cuello stepped aside at the request of WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman who was eager to get China into the mainstream of professional boxing for which Sulaiman expressed his greatitude to Jaro and committed that Cuello would fight the winner early next year.

Aljoe Jaro said even before the fight that no matter who won the hard-hitting Cuello would win the world title when they clash.

The 25 year old Cuello has a record of 32-4-6 with 21 knoxckouts and is coming off a ten round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Ivan Meneses in a fight where Cuello hurt his shoulder but has recovered well.

With the win Zhong improved to 20-4-1 with 11 knockouts while  Resendiz dropped to 13-4-2 with 6 knockouts.

The bout was even in the first five or six rounds of give-and-take action but the Chinese fighter picked up the tempo and caught his Mexican opponent time and again with some solid blows and appeared to have him in trouble but couldn’t put him down although Martinez Resendiz suffered a cut over his eye.

All three judges - Hubert Minn (USA), Brian McMahon (Australia) and Noparat (Thailand) scored the fight for Zhong by margins of 116-114, 116-112 and a ridiculously  lopsided 119-110.

The third man in the ring was internationally respected referee Bruce McTavish, a New Zealander who has made his home in Angeles City in the Philippines.

McTavish told the Manila Stadard from China, "it was a great fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 11-25-2012

Watch, they're going to have it in China and Cuello will still win. Can't wait to watch this on youtube to see if it's as they said it was....

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Could Head To The United States Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Dominik Britsch on December 10 Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera No Longer Rivals - Photo Roy Jones: If No Canelo, Golovkin Must Take a Risk and Move Up! Video: Buboy Fernandez Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Vargas Bout Video: Manny Pacquiao Discusses Camp, Vargas Fight, More Roy Jones Jr: I'm Addicted To Boxing, No Retirement Right Now Frankie Gavin Rules Out Retirement, Wants Eggington Rematch Parker's Promoter Faces Resistance on Funding For Ruiz Event Frank Warren Details Thoughts on WBA/WBO Heavyweight Belts Jorge Linares Targets Mikey Garcia, Hopes To Face Him in 2017 Judah: Brook Showed Golovkin is Not Invincible, Canelo Can Win Photos: Sam Eggington Drills Frankie Gavin in Birmingham War Photos: Craig Cunningham Shocks Anthony Ogogo By TKO Pacquiao's Co-Trainer Expects Vargas To Fall in Later Rounds Chavez Sr: My Son Will Continue Relationship With Al Haymon De La Hoya: I Knew Pacquiao Would Beat Me Up, I Was a Dead Man Provodnikov, Pirog, Avanesyan, Troyanovsky Part of Reality Show Eduardo Hernandez Blasts Out Victor Terrazas in Two Rounds Luis Nery Closes in on Title Shot at Bantamweight David Lemieux Dominates Cristian Fabian Rios, Wins Decision Steven Butler Crushes Trotter in One, Maduma is Upset Photos: Manny Pacquiao Mobbed as He Arrives in Los Angeles Kevin Lerena Edges Micki Nielsen: Budler, Van Heerden Win Mikey Garcia Aims To Make a Statement With Dejan Zlaticanin Vazquez: I Took 'Worst Deal of My Career' To Get Juanma in There Marquez: I Beat Pacquiao Four Times, No Reason For Fifth Time! Jamie Cox Outpoints Rios in Foul-Fest, Wins WBO Regional Belt Sam Eggington Drops, Batters Frankie Gavin for Knockout in Eight Craig Cunningham Drops, Shocks Anthony Ogogo For TKO Win Kal Yafai Wins, Faces Luis Concepcion on 12/10 in Manchester Sean Davis Edges Paul Economides For WBC Regional Title Hisashi Amagasa Wins Ten Round Decision Over Carlo Demecilo David Price: I Can Knock Joshua Out, Dropped Him Bad in Sparring Lemieux's Manager Confident Canelo Fight Can Be Made For May Luis Nery Looks To Take His Career To Next Level in Tijuana Hekkie Budler Aims To Bounce Back at Kempton Park Josh Taylor Continues To Rise By Drilling Dave Ryan in Edinburgh Magdaleno on Track To Make 122-Pounds For Donaire Title Shot Hassan N'Dam Aims To Revamp Career, Hires Pedro Diaz

Latest Active Forum Threads