Reports and photos out of Los Mochis, Mexico, indicate that Fernando Montiel, THE RING's No. 1-rated bantamweight, is training hard in his native city and on track for his anticipated fight with Nonito Donaire on Feb. 19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The 12-round bout, which will be contested for Montiel's two 118-pound belts, will be televised on HBO at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs) is training under the guidance of his father, Manuel, and his brothers, Pedro, Manuel Jr., and Eduardo. For this fight they have also hired Lorenzo and German Garza as physical trainers to increase his power without losing his speed.
“Donaire is a tremendous counter-puncher who will use his speed to try to stay out of Fernando’s power zone and that is why we are making sure that Fernando understands that in order to win this fight he needs to put pressure on his opponent and throw a lot of punches. We want him to be in such great shape so that he can throw punches from the start to the end of each round,” said Eduardo Montiel.
“I know this is a very dangerous fight and is important to work on everything, so we don’t make any mistakes. With less than 20 days to go we are working on speed to be as quick and as fast as I can be,” said Montiel, who has held titles at flyweight and junior bantamweight.
The 31-year-old veteran considers a victory over Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, to be a highlight in what has been a borderline hall-of-fame career so far.