Doug Fischer

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What up Doug-E,

Nonito Donaire was sensational. That’s what it’s all about. He started the game plan with leading and being first, understood the trajectory of Fernando Montiel’s punches, drew the right hand, perfect left hook counter.

So how would you rate the chances of the Abner Mares-Joseph Agbeko winner against “the Flash?”

Good scrap with Mike Jones/Jesus Soto-Karass, but some really bad footwork from both of them. Soto-Karass steps with his left foot first when moving right. Completely unacceptable, no wonder why he can’t cut off the ring. However, mad props for his heart and courage. Who would you like to see Jones in with soon? Peace from Detroit. — Steve

“Sensational” is the best word to describe Donaire’s talent and his last two performances. He looked like a 118-pound juggernaut bludgeoning Wladimir Sidorenko in December, and against Montiel he looked liked the top-five pound-for-pound player THE RING had prematurely (in my opinion) rated him. Obviously, I don’t think that high P4P ranking is unwarranted after Saturday’s breath-taking KO of an elite-level veteran.

And you’re absolutely right about Donaire setting up that beautifully brutal left hook that scrambled Montiel’s neurons.

How do I rate Donaire’s chances against the winner of Showtime’s bantamweight tournament? I have the utmost respect for both Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares, but come on, man, what do you think!?

I favored Donaire against any active 118-pound fighter in the world prior to the Montiel fight (hell, even before the Sidorenko fight — and I’m on record stating this opinion on more than a few video interviews posted on Youtube, so don’t think I’m jumping on the bandwagon), so obviously, after what he did poor “Cochulito,” I would confidently pick the Filipino Flash against the Agbeko-Mares winner or Anselmo Moreno or any other world-class bantamweight.

I thought the Jones-Soto-Karass rematch was a decent scrap between two “decent” welterweights. In other words, their two fights didn’t invoke memories of Simon Brown-Tyrone Trice I and II for Yours Truly. You’re correct once again in your technical observations — Jones has shaky footwork and Soto-Karass has no footwork to speak of.

Russell Peltz, the co-promoter of Jones, told me prior to the rematch that he’d be willing to take his fighter to the UK to challenge British champ Kell Brook. That’s a good fight and I’d love to see it. Jones and Brook, who are close in age and have similar records, possess different strengths that could mesh well in the ring. Jones, a basic/orthodox boxer, is the bigger (and likely stronger) man, but Brook, an unorthodox stylist (from the Brendan Ingle school of boxing in Sheffield) appears to be a faster and more-fluid fighter.

I know Bob Arum, Jones’ co-promoter, is beating the drums for a shot at Andre Berto (should Berto beat Victor Ortiz in April), but I don’t think the Philly product is ready for the WBC beltholder.


What up man! I’m sure your weekend was full of surprises! I wrote to you on Friday to give my prediction that Montiel didn’t have a chance but DAMN! Couple thoughts:
1) Flash finally deserves to be P4P rated but still not top 5 in my not so humble opinion. Your opinion?
2) How valuable are these knockout finishes for the sport! Especially on premium TV.
3) I really feel bad for Rocky Juarez, the epitome of a underdog who couldn’t quite get there. I hope he’s smart enough to call it quits.
4) Last but not least, I think Kenny Bayless is #1 P4P in refereeing but his decision on Soto-Karass’ cuts basically doomed him from the beginning. Kudos on Russell Mora for allowing the champion to give it a go after he somehow got up and then stopping it immediately when it was obvious he was done.

Hope you enjoyed the weekend, all the best. — Adrian H. Milwaukee, WI

Thanks for writing in Nostradamus, uh, I mean Adrian, and sorry I missed your email on Friday (next time email me by Thursday afternoon so I can include your spot-on predictions in the Friday mailbag).

I’ll answer your points in order:

1) I said numerous times (on record) prior to Saturday’s fight that Donaire would earn his current RING pound-for-pound ranking (No. 5) with an impressive victory over Fernando Montiel and I’m going to stick by that statement. When I send my personal P4P top 10 list to Kevin Iole to include in the Yahoo! Sports boxing rankings I’ll have Donaire at No. 5 behind only Sergio Martinez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

2) Shocking knockouts in fights involving elite fighters, such as Martinez’s one-hitter quitter against Paul Williams and Donaire’s brain-scrambling hook against Montiel, always electrify the sport and its fans.

3) I hope Juarez does call it a career, because he’s had a damn good one. He was a world amateur champ and he represented the U.S. in the Olympics (and won a silver medal), he fought the best fighters in his division in the pro ranks, including two future first-ballot hall of famers (I thought he beat Marco Antonio Barrera in their first bout), and he made good money. He never won a major title but he never any sub-par fighters for a belt.

4) I agree.


Hope all is well in Fischerville.

Damn, that was one brutal a knockout! I have just a few questions/comments regarding Nonito Donaire’s demolition of Fernando Montiel:

1. I’ve admired your guarded enthusiasm to not just automatically rank Donaire among the elite of the sport based upon his past resume. It’s easy to jump on a bandwagon when a fighter shows amazing skill without top level accomplishment. At this point it seems Donaire’s made a clear move into the top 5 pound for pound. Where would you rank him with top level veterans like Pacquiao, Mayweather, Marquez and Martinez? I think all things considered, Nonito’s is probably number 3 right behind Manny and Money. This little guy is a monster and finally proved it in a shocking way against an elite fighter.

2. I wonder if any of Donaire’s possible next opponents (JuanMa, Gamboa, Mares, Moreno or Agbeko) has the style or chops at this point to beat this guy. It seems like the three bantamweights would just be too small and slow for him, and Lopez and Gamboa are both probably a bit too “chinny” to handle the power Nonito would bring. I don’t think I’d dare put money down on any of those five against Nonito.

3. Where does Montiel go from here? There are a lot of good fights still at 118 and he’s only 31, but after 49 fights in what seems like a Hall of Fame career I wonder how much longer he stays in the game. Yes, there is still money to be made, this is only one loss and no way does he want his last career memories to be him twitching on the canvas but I think his next fight (maybe the loser of Mares-Agbeko) will tell us home much this little guy has left. It wouldn’t surprise me if this fight is the beginning of the end for his impressive career.

Keep up the top notch work. — Charles, Ogden, Utah

Thanks for writing in, Charles. All is well in Fischerville. I’ll answer your questions in order:

1) Based on Saturday’s performance, I rank Donaire right behind the P4P Fab Four you mentioned. In terms of potential and sheer talent, he’s right up there with the Dynamic Duo of Manny and Floyd, but he hasn’t paid enough dues to unseat Martinez and Marquez. Montiel is only the second elite fighter Donaire has faced (Vic Darchinyan was the first). The Filipino Flash was awesome in the manner in which he dispatched those two, however, more than three years transpired between those spectacular performances. One can certainly argue that Donaire belongs at No. 3, but I think the older fighters are still more battle tested at the elite level. Hopefully, Donaire will make up for lost time and only fight elite fighter from here on out, which leads us to your next question…

2) I think Donaire dominates at 118 pounds. I won’t pick against him at bantamweight. I favor him against most but not all 122 pounders. Toshiaki Nishioka is a tough outing for anyone and Guillermo Rigondeaux can make any fighter — even one as talented as Donaire — look bad. I believe Donaire will finally be challenged at featherweight. I think Lopez and Gamboa can hurt him if they can get to his chin (and I think both can). Those are going to be the fights for fans to really look forward to.

3) That’s a good question. Where does Montiel go from here? If he fights again, my guess is that it will be at junior featherweight or featherweight. He’d grown into and quickly out of the 118-pound division over the past two years and he clearly didn’t have an easy time making weight for the Donaire fight (he was at lightweight, 134 pounds, by fight time). I think his best bet is to take a break and comeback against an easy opponent at 122 or 126 pounds and then target one of the Japanese beltholders (Akifumi Shimoda, Nishioka, and Hozumi Hasegawa). A rematch with Hasegawa, who currently holds the WBC featherweight title, would still be a big fight in Japan.

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