it's been a bad last couple of weeks for our contenders. two contenders who i felt were our best prospects and ripe for world title shots, denver cuello and milan melindo, lost their world title bids. cuello was really unfortunate because he fought Xiong Zhao Zhong with one good hand due to a torn rotator cuff on his dominant hand no less. a healthy cuello would have probably knocked zhong out and even with his injury, denver only lost by a close decision.
matagal nang iniiwasan si denver ng mga title holders which is why he pushed thru with the fight despite his injury. hopefully the wbc will give him a much-deserved rematch.
as for melindo, now that was definitely disappointing. wala yung speed, wala yung movement, wala yung power. maybe the pressure got to him or maybe estrada just plain exposed him. either way, melindo has to improve on his skill, technique and conditioning if he wants to be world champ. at least now he has a title shot experience under his belt.