Donaire destroys Montiel in twothrilling rounds
Nonito Donaire stopped Fernando Montiel in the second round to win the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Donaire, a Filipino-American who made his bantamweight debut in December, ended Montiel's reign with a left hook 2 minutes 25 seconds into the second round.
The new champion controlled most of the fight. He landed a left hook that stunned the champion in the first round and came out swinging in the second, landing a few combinations before knocking Montiel to the canvas with another left hook.
Montiel surprisingly made it back to his feet but the referee stopped the fight moments later.
"I needed to be strong but the speed was the key. He left himself open and that gave me the advantage," the new champion said. "I was surprised he got up after I landed that flush shot."
Donaire has now won 25 consecutive fights, improving his record to 26-1 with 18 knockouts. Montiel dropped to 44-3-2 (34 KOs).
"I just came out there believing in what I had," Montiel said. "I want to be undisputed in this weight class, if not I want to go up in weight."
"I knew we both had the punching power to knock each other out," he said. "I made the first mistake and I paid for it."
The clash between the two top bantamweights in the world drew a big crowd. Montiel is a 31-year-old Mexican and Donaire comes from General Santos City, where superstar Manny Pacquiao also lives.
Donaire had beaten Ukrainian Wladimiro Sidorenko in his previous fight to extend his win streak to 24 fights. He had won the IBF flyweight title in July 2007 when he knocked out unbeaten and highly regarded Vic Darchinyan in the fifth round.
Having fought at the top level for the past ten years, he has now confirmed his status as No 1 bantamweight in the world after knocking out WBC champion Hozumi Hasegawa last year.
He was only 17 years old when he made his professional debut. In December 2000 he won the WBO flyweight belt with a seventh-round stoppage over Isidro Perez.
Jones remains unbeaten
In the co-main event, American welterweight Mike Jones remained undefeated with a twelve round decision win over Jesus Soto-Karass of Mexico in a rematch of their controversial fight last November, in a well-rounded performance that showed growth and improvement on the first fight. Jones used his jab much better and more frequently in this fight and he kept circling the ring very well and just generally fighting with more sense and discipline.
Jones pulled off a majority decision in that bout, which many thought could have gone either way.
This time, he cut Soto Karass over both eyes in the third round Saturday on his way to a 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111 victory.
After cuts opened up over both Soto-Karass’ eyes the sense of urgency kicked in and he tried to bulrush Jones even more than he planned all that meant is that he ended up eating more leather as Mike Jones was more than happy to tag him up every time he came near him or lunged at him with a crude attack.
Soto-Karass’ heart is never in question as he will give about as much as any fighter can give between those ropes for twelve rounds but his limited skill set was the defining factor in this he was just not good enough of a fighter to cope with what Jones had to offer. And what Mike Jones ultimately did in this fight was erase all doubt as to who the better man was you got the feeling after watching that nine times out of ten that would have been the outcome.
On the undercard, welterweight prospect Mark Melligen earned a unanimous decision win over Gabriel Martinez and Mickey Bey and Jose Hernandez fought to a majority draw.
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Donaire overtakes Martinez in P4P ranking
Following his sensational 2nd-round knockout victory over Mexican superstar Fernando Montiel, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is now ranked among the world’s best just behind fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
According to latest rankings issued by The Ring magazine, the "bible of boxing", Donaire has overtaken middleweight champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina and world lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez to become the Top 3 pound-for-pound best.
Pacquiao is the reigning pound-for-pound king at No. 1 followed by Mayweather, who is ranked No. 2.
Donaire’s climb in ranking relegated Martinez to No. 4 and Marquez to No. 5. The Filipino Flash used to occupy the No. 5 spot.
“The decision was made even more difficult because both Martinez and Marquez have recently defended their titles via knockout against top-notch challengers. In the end, however, it was impossible to ignore Donaire’s overpowering performances in his last 10 fights, nine of which he won via knockout or TKO. The ‘Filipino Flash’ is on a helluva roll, one that could conceivably see him climb even higher in future months,” said Nigel Collins, Editor-in-Chief of The Ring magazine.
Included in Donaire's 25-win streak are knockout victories over Vladimir Sidorenko, Hernan Marquez, Raul Martinez and trash-talking Vic Darchinyan. He currently holds a pro record of 26 wins and 1 loss with 18 knockouts.
Aside from nabbing the pound-for-pound list’s Top 3, Donaire also replaced Montiel as the magazine’s No. 1 bantamweight boxer.
From No. 1, Montiel went down to No. 5.
The Filipino Flash scored an outstanding victory over the Mexican champion by scoring a 2nd-round technical knockout.
Donaire stunned Montiel with a looping left hook to the face that sent the Mexican crashing down the canvass with a minute left in the second round.
The dazed Montiel tried to get up but fell again.
When he got up, the referee gave him another chance to exchange with Donaire.
But the Filipino boxer quickly fired a finisher against the defenseless Montiel, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
With the win, Donaire wrested the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight titles from Montiel.
The Filipino may opt to fight the winner between bantamweight titlist Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares to become the first Asian undisputed world champion.
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Another star from Philippines
Nonito Donaire has moved a step closer to p4p greatness by knocking out the champion Fernando Montiel inside of two rounds with a perfect counter left hook.
The advantages Donaire had over Montiel instantly became apparent the moment the first few shots were thrown. Donaire’s imposing figure towering over Montiel and not only that but he was quicker and could get away from Montiel shots just as quickly if not quicker than Montiel could get away from his.
A perfect left hook caught Montiel bang on the chin and got his attention but he appeared to take it well. Donaire would line him up later in the round for a big straight right which landed but again Montiel wasn’t buzzed yet. However he lost the round hands down and seem to be seriously struggling with the task at hand. It one thing having the gameplan to beat a fighter with such incredible athletic gifts as Donaire it’s another thing entirely to be able to execute it. And that’s what it looked like in that first round for Montiel, he was trying to figure a way to get to Donaire without leaving himself open or simply waiting to long for the opening and getting hit with punches anyway.
He seemed to decide the original idea to try to make Donaire come after him was not going to work so he began to press the attack and just was the case with Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez it seemed his aggression was allowing him more space and time to plot his own attacks and open up abit more. Montiel landed a couple of decent jabs and was begining to find his range with the hook. And that’s were his offense started and ended because in the blink of an eye Montiel while throwing his own looping right (which happened to land clean aswell) was caught with a swift left hook with pure thunder behind it. The lights temporarily went out Montiel’s body crumble to the canvas then a very scary thing happened. His legs began to twitch like how Andre Dirrell’s body did when he was knocked out by an illegal punch thrown by Arthur Abraham and it seemed as though it was impossible for him to get up from that.
But he did! In one of the most extraordinary displays of heart and will I have ever seen Montiel somehow rose up from the canvas and stood up. The referee (obviously unaware that a couple of seconds ago Montiel was completely out of it) let the fight continue and Donaire raced over to finish a man who was already completely out on his feet with a vicious left and a right.
Donaire showed that he is a major force to contend with at bantamweight or maybe at an even higher weight than that. The “Flipino Flash” said he doesn’t mind coming second place to Manny Pacquiao and that he is perfectly happy to be no#2 in the world. After a performance as incredible as that only Sergio Martinez could rival him as the second best (active) fighter on the planet as it stands.
Hopefully Montiel can pick up the pieces on what must have been a devastating not to mention brutal loss but to be honest I don’t think it was as much about what he didn’t do as to what Donaire did do that determined the outcome of this extraordinary fight.
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