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Donaire predicts KO in bout with Montiel

Source: Jun Medina | manilatimes.net

KNOCKOUT in six! This was the confident prediction of Filipino-American boxing sensation Nonito Donaire Jr. on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) during a public workout at the Undefeated Gym in San Carlos, California.

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Donaire looked sharp, his muscles ripped, with exactly two weeks before his HBO televised big showdown against world bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel of Mexico.

Donaire, 28, said he is extremely motivated for his coming fight because it would secure his ranking among the Top 10 best fighter in the world pound-for-pound.

I know a victory against Montiel would take me a step higher in that elite class of fighters,” Donaire told sportswriters. Donaire is ranked fifth by the highly respected Ring magazine in its Top 10 best pound-for-pound list.

“I’m going to try to stop him under six rounds,” he added confidently.

Meanwhile, Team Montiel said from its training camp in Los Mochis, Mexico, that the veteran Mexican champion would stop Donaire inside the distance.

“Fernando is ready to go 50 rounds [and] there is no way Donaire will last the distance,” Pedro Montiel, the champion’s brother and fitness coach, told Hesiquio Balderas in a training update posted by Philboxing.com.

“Don’t get me wrong Nonito is a great fighter and we respect him, he is a great counter-puncher but he will be forced to make mistakes,” Pedro Montiel explained. “When you put the pressure on your opponent in the right way, there is no doubt your foe will make mistakes.”

Donaire 25-1, 17 by knockouts, has not lost a fight for almost 10 years, and his only loss was a close unanimous decision in only his second professional fight on March 10, 2001. Last year, he won all this three bouts inside the distance.

But the 31-year-old Montiel—(44-2-2, 34 by knockouts) and a world champion in three different weight classes—is even more impressive. He spent just 10 rounds in disposing his four foes in the ring last year, including his big fourth-round knockout win over WBA bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa on April 30 in Tokyo, Japan.

Montiel will defend his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization bantamweight titles on February 19 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas in a televised feature of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.”



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