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Cuello, Lopez win tuneups in Philippines

Filipino strawweight contender Denver “The Excitement” Cuello paved the way to his WBC elimination bout with a fourth round TKO of Indonesian challenger Kid Suryana at the Jaro Plaza Gym in Iloilo City, Philippines Friday night. The time of stoppage was 1:48.

From the opening bell, the 25-year-old Cuello (30-4-6, 20 knockouts) completely outclassed the 23-year-old Suryana (8-2, 4 KOs), using his superior power and footwork to shut down his opponent’s offense. The referee stopped the bout with Suryana on his feet.

The bout marked Cuello’s first professional appearance in his hometown and drew a paid crowd of 3,000, according to Cuello’s manager, Aljoe Jaro.

Cuello’s next assignment will be on May 12 when he faces WBC number one contender Ganigan Lopez (20-4, 14 KOs) of Amecameca, Mexico, for the right to face WBC 105-pound champion Kazuto Ioka. Jaro says he is eyeing the Ynares Sports Complex in Pasig City, Philippines for the Cuello-Lopez bout.

Also that night, junior bantamweight contender Sylvester Lopez (19-3-1, 15 KOs) of Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines, stopped Yuki Fukumoto (12-6, 3 KOs) of Tokyo, Japan at :19 of the fourth round at the Elorde Sports Center in Paranaque City, Philippines.

Lopez, who is the number one contender to WBC 115-pound titleholder Suriyan Sor Rungvisai of Thailand, drew first blood in the third round when he opened up a cut on the right eyebrow of Fukumoto, followed by a knockdown just before the end of the round. Still dazed from the previous round, Fukumoto was sent down at the beginning of the fourth round, prompting referee Ver Abainza to halt the fight.

Additional reporting by Atty. Danrex Tapdasan

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