Filipino, Denver Cuello (30-4-6, 20 KOs) travels to Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico this Saturday to take on Mexico’s Ganigan Lopez (20-4, 14 KOs) in what’s being billed as a WBC final eliminator for the 105-pound world title.
Cuello, currently the seventh-ranked strawweight in the world by The Boxing Tribune, scored his last major win in the 105-pound division against former champ and fringe contender Muhammad Rachman in September 2010. However, since the TKO 9 victory over Rachman, the well-traveled 25-year-old has also notched divisional wins over Samartlek Chaiyonggym, Omar Soto, and Carlos Perez.
The unranked Lopez is considered a solid fringe contender, but has yet to defeat a high-end divisional rival. To date, the 30-year-old southpaw’s biggest victory has been against mutual Cuello opponent Omar Soto. Lopez also dropped a 2010 split decision to former world titlist Adrian Hernandez.
The WBC’s current strawweight titlist is Japan’s Kazuto Ioka.