Alan Dawson – London
Fernando Montiel scored his second successive stoppage finish in the super bantamweight division as a stiff left hand felled overmatched opponent Alvaro Perez. As a result of his knockout victory at the La Cetto Vineyard in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico on Saturday, August 20, Montiel is now hoping he has maneuvered himself into a world title shot at 122lbs whilst retaining hope he can rematch Nonito Donaire next year.
Many fighters struggle to overcome the kind of knockout Fernando Montiel experienced when he attempted to defend his WBC/WBO unified bantamweight championship against Nonito Donaire in Las Vegas at the start of the year, however, a move up to super bantamweight proved astute as he trumped Venezuelan 31-year-old Nehomar Cermeno by way of split decision in June.
Two months on, and Montiel – a former three-weight world champion – fought for the third time in 2011, this time against Alvaro Perez; a Nicaraguan southpaw who rivals former world title challenger Daniel Diaz for the honour of top 122lb operator in his country.
Perez proved to be an overmatched opponent as Montiel worked behind a crisp lead jab, working from mid-range before unloading notable combinations. The Mexican produced a clinic of speed and strength. In the third round, Perez was dropped with no way back to his feet as Montiel caught him with a flush straight left that landed directly on the chin.
He told Box Azteca after the fight that he would now be searching for a world title shot in the new division, as well as exploring the possibility of rematching Donaire: “I was promised by Fernando Beltran that my next fight would be forthe super bantamweight world title. I’m back and ready to win my fourth title in a fourth weight division and in 2012 I will pursue a rematch against Nonito Doniare.”
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