Cuello, who should be the mandatory challenger to recently-crowned Chinese minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong, will file a complaint against WBC and Sulaiman for breaching a written agreement for Cuello to be the mandatory challenger for the 105-pound title.
Instead of arranging a fight between Zhong and Cuello, who is the No.1 contender in the division, WBC reportedly arranged a title showdown between the Chinese champion and Mexican challenger Juan Hernandez, who is only the No.4 contender in the division.
Cuello was supposed to fight for the vacant minimumweight title, but manager Aljo Jaro said that WBC asked them to step aside to give Zhong a change to be the first professional boxing champion in China. Jaro said that they gave in to the request of the WBC after being promised that Cuello will eventually land a fight against the Chinese boxer if ever he will emerge victorious.
Jaro said: “We agreed to step aside because of the verbal and written commitments made by President Sulaiman and the WBC Board of Governors that Denver will be the mandatory challenger to the winner of the China championship bout.”
“In fact, when I asked WBC Secretary General Mauricio Sulaiman if Denver could fight for the IBF world championship fight while waiting for the WBC mandatory defense, he told me to just wait for three months after the China fight because Cuello is the mandatory challenger.”
Cuello said that he declined several fight offers to show that he is committed to WBC.
Cuello was quoted as saying: “Is this what I get for waiting and for agreeing to step aside? This is a great injustice to me.”
The legal action could be filed in the Philippines or in the United States, but Cuello’s camp are still finalizing their plan according to multiple reports.