Fernando Montiel-Nonito Donaire: It's On For Feb. 19
On Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal, Saltillo, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mex., 31-year-old WBO and WBC king Fernando Montiel (pictured at right), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mex., scored two second-round knock-downs on the way to a non-title, second-round stoppage of Jovanny Soto.
In victory over the 26-year-old Soto (29-12-1, 24 KOs), Montiel rose to 44-2-2, with his 34th career stoppage win, improving his unbeaten streak to 11-0-1, with nine knockouts.
Montiel has not tasted defeat since losing by split-decision to Jhonny Gonzalez in May of 2006, during a failed bid to earn the WBO bantamweight crown at a time when Montiel already was the WBO super flyweight (115 pounds) champion.
Soto represented the fourth consecutive knockout win for Montiel, who is 5-0-1, with five knockouts in his past six fights.
Montiel's triumph came eight days after that of WBA interim super flyweight titlist Nonito Donaire at the Honda Center, in Calif., who earned his 24th straight victory and his ninth stoppage in his past 11 fights with a Dec. 4, fourth-round knockout during his bantamweight debut against Ukrainian former titlist Volodymyr Sydorenko (22-2-2, seven KOs).
Montiel is set to meet Donaire on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas, according to Top Rank Promotions CEO, Bob Arum.
"I felt very strong. Soto is brave but I came to win, and I'm ready for Donaire," Montiel told BoxingScene.com. "On February 19, I will show everyone exactly who is better."
Against Donaire, Sydorenko's nose was broken, and he was stopped for the first time in his career after having been dropped once each in the first, third, and, fourth rounds.
Nicknamed "The Filipino Flash," the 28-year-old Donaire rose to 25-1, with his 17th knockout, having last suffered defeat by five-round, unanimous decision against Rosendo Sanchez in March of 2001 in only the second fight of his career.
"I'm motivated, you know. I have that February fight with Montiel, and now, it's set. I'm really, really motivated for that fight," said Donaire after vanquishing Sydorenko.
"I wanted to win badly, I wanted to win and to go for Montiel," said Donaire. "I was motivated enough to know that I could dominate anybody if I wanted to if I'm at 100 percent."