Nonito Donaire vs Fernando Montiel Tale of the Tape and PredictionsBy Angel Cuala on Feb 20, 2011 in Boxing, Opinion, Sports •
Updated February 20, 2011 1:10 p.m.
The Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire vs Fernando ‘Cochulito’ Montiel boxing match, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on February 19, 2011, Saturday (February 20, Sunday in Manila), has been attracting predictions from boxing analysts and fans.
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Both fighters are aiming to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight titles and experts believe that this will be a tough fight to watch.
After the Donaire-Montiel weigh-in was held on Friday (Saturday in Manila), fellow professional boxers gave their own predictions, especially those who have fought against Manny Pacquiao earlier.
“It’s going to be a close fight because if you look at Donaire, he’s the best 118,” Mexican boxing legend Marco Antonio Barrera was quoted as saying, while Antonio Margarito said that the boxer with the better strategy will win.
However, it will be interesting to see the tale of the tape for that fight so that predictions can be somehow clearer.
Nonito Donaire, 28, stands 5’7”, has a reach 68 inches, and a record of 25 wins and 1 loss, with 17 knockouts, while Fernando Montiel, 30, stands 5’4-3/10”, has a reach of 66 ½ inches, and a record of 44 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws, with 33 knockouts.
Experience-wise, Montiel has almost double the bouts fought as compared to Donaire, in which the former had somehow built a confident record of winning. However, Donaire has not lost a single game in his last 24 fights, and that can also bring enough confidence to win this bout.
Meanwhile, Donaire has a fair edge when it comes to height and can be a big advantage if he knows how to use it right, along with his footwork, but Montiel is known for having a stronger stamina. Therefore, if Donaire will not win after the 7th round, he could be in danger.
In terms of power, the last three fights of Montiel had shown he has both of them. He stopped Hozumi Hasegawa in the 4th round in April, Rafael Concepcion in round 3 in July, and Jovanny Soto in Round 2 on December, which means Montiel won three knockouts last year.
But on the same month when Montiel overpowered Soto, Donaire impressively stopped Ukrain Wladimir Sidorenko in Round 4, who went down four times. In 2007, Donaire surprised the boxing world after knocking out Vic Darchinyan in the 5th round, although the former is the huge favorite that time.
Although both fighters had power punches, many agree, including myself that Donaire has a much stronger power to release than Montiel.
With this, I think that Donaire will win against Montiel via knockout before Round 6.
For the boxing fans in the Philippines, the Nonito Donaire vs. Fernando Montiel fight (Ang Pagtutuos) will be aired on February 20, Sunday at 10:15 a.m. on ABS-CBN Channel 2 (with replay at 11:30 p.m.) and 9 p.m. on Studio 23.
*Disclaimer: The predictions given by the writer does not necessarily mean they represent the predictions of the entire Batangas Today staff.
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