Fight fans get ready mark the date: Saturday February 19, 2011. Possibly the fight of the year for 2011 will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. It will be the Philippines vs. Mexico as Bob Arum's Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions present Nonito Donaire versus Fernando Montiel.
Rising 28-year-old Filipino star Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire (25-1, 17 KO's) will be taking on 31-year-old Mexican fight legend Fernando "Cuchulito" Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KO's). Montiel's both Bantamweight (118 Lbs) titles,WBC and WBO will be on the line and up for grabs.
Donaire who is surprisingly ranked a high No. 5 by the WBC, will be coming in with the height and reach advantage at 5' 6" with a 68" reach over Montiel's 5'4" and 66.5" reach. Montiel is the more experienced pro with 48 total fights and 280 rounds boxed with a 71 percent knockout ratio. Donaire has 26 total fights, 131 rounds boxed and a knockout ratio of 65 percent.
Donaire has won his last 24 fights in a row dating from 2001. His only defeat, the second fight of his career that year was against Rosendo Sanchez by unanimous decision. His latest victory was a KO in the fourth round over Wladimir Sidorenko on December 4th, 2010. He aggressively knocked down the Ukrainian star three times in round four for the victory. Previous to that fight he had impressed fight fans by fighting southpaw for the first five rounds of a bout against Hernan Marquez then turning right handed to defeat him by TKO in the eighth round on July 10, 2010.
Montiel is on a four fight winning streak; he had a draw against Alejandro Valdez in 2009 and a split decision loss to Johnny Gonzalez in 2006. His last victory was a second round KO on December 10, 2010 over Jovanny Soto. Montiel is the fourth Mexican fighter to have won world titles in three different weight classes.
It will be Donaire's toughest test yet. Critics believe the fight could go either way. One thing for sure it will be thriller.
HBO Boxing After Dark will be broadcasting the fight starting at 9:45pm. Don't miss it.