Donaire Vs. Montiel: A Fight that Should Have Earned A Rematch
On February 19, 2011, Nonito Donaire Jr. (26-1, 18 KOs coming into the fight) knocked out Fernando Montiel (44-3-2, 34 KOs coming into the fight) in the second round of their main event fight to capture the WBC/WBO bantamweight titles in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. from the Mexican champion nicknamed the “Cochulito.”
The “Filipino Flash” Donaire enjoyed a slight favorite coming into the fight, as many boxing experts are citing his speed and power advantage. But Montiel was a bantamweight who hits like a welterweight, and he was just as fast. The underrated Mexican was a pressure fighter and he can hit a two-three punch combination with great precision.
We can see in some of Montiel’s previous fights where he was somewhat overwhelmed by the opponent, only to manage to calm the storm and explosively worked his way to victory. The Montiel-Donaire duel has lived up to its expectations and many who watched that fight were satisfied in terms of excitement and action. It went from trading heavy leathers, finding an opening, to using footworks and lateral movements, with everyone expecting a knockout from both fighters considering each fighter’s high knockout percentage rate.
It was all of that until Donaire caught Montiel with a fastest and most powerful left hook of him that floored the Mexican champion in the second round. But “Cochulito” has a lot of heart as he tried to rise from the ruins of that demolition, his knees still trembling and his eyes glassy. He deserved the praise for the courage that he showed at the time, before the third man in the ring finally stepped to stop the fight.
For many Montiel fans and followers, their idol made a costly mistake. But it was a mistake that can be corrected and that adjustments must be made when the two fighters meet again in the ring. As a pressure fighter, Montiel chased after his opponents and disarmed them until they were forced to hit the bell, which made it much easier for him to land his powerful shots.
But that shouldn’t be done against Donaire, who has one of boxing’s deadliest left hooks to counter it. The “Cochulito” should be more elusive, and as a seasoned champion, when dealing with fighters who are as powerful, fast, and smart as he is. The Donaire-Montiel fight was undoubtedly one of the best matchups in boxing history, which should have earned the rematch that it deserves.