By LITO DELOS REYES
DAVAO CITY — Asia Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Denver ‘The Excitement’ Cuelo of Iloilo will face Jesse ‘Little Giant’ Espinas of Oroquieta City in an International Boxing Organization flyweight eliminator on Oct. 12 at the Elorde Sports Complex in Paranaque City.
The winner will challenge current IBO world champion Maximino Flores, who recently beat Carlo Caesar Penalosa of the Philippines by a 7th round technical decision last Aug. 25 in Quezon City.
The 32-year old Cuelo recently retired Detnarong Omkrathok of Thailand in the 2nd round to retain the ABF bantamweight title last Aug. 3 in Mandaluyong City.
Cuelo has 38 wins with 26 knockouts against five defeats and six draws while Espines has 19 wins with 11 knockouts against four defeat.
The 26-year old Espinas won the vacant Mindanao Professional Boxing Association light flyweight title then later the Philippine light flyweight title in 2018.
But he lost to Edward Heno of Paranaque City for the OPBF light flyweight title last Aug. 11 in Laguna.
The promoter is Gabriel ‘Bebot’ Elorde Jr. of Elorde International Productions.