The big fight is here! Fernando Montiel 44-2-2 with 34 KO vs. Nonito Donaire 25-1 with 17 KOs at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The fight is one of the best match ups boxing has seen in years. It’s a classic match up between two fighters who can box and bang and represents the best the bantamweights have to offer. That is until the 118 tournament is finished and Bob Arum gives us what we want in having them face the winner of this fight.
Looking at the fight, I like Donaire a lot in this one. He has been fighting the midget of the month club lately but in that last fight against Sidorenko, he looked like the Donaire who beat the hell out of Donaire and knocked him out.
I think he is just too big, too athletic, too powerful and too fast for Montiel.
Montiel has been a bad ass lately. He will go anywhere, fight anyone and is exactly what fight fans love in a fighter. Still, when you look back and see the Jhonny Gonzalez fight, you see a guy who can’t deal with a jab and size. Then you look at the Hasegawa fight. Montile was losing that whole fight and then BOOM! dude got lucky.
In the Gonzalez fight he showed he can be outboxed. In the Hasegawa fight he might’ve showed his age.
I think Donaire uses his reach and speed to keep Montiel guessing all night. Fernando will have his moments and is experienced enough to not get knocked out. Give me Donaire by decision.
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