Victor Terrazas of Guadalajara, Mex., earned his seventh straight victory during a run that includes five knockouts with Saturday night’s unanimous 12-round decision upset of former WBO/WBC beltholder Fernando Montiel at Estadio Centenario in Montiel’s native Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mex.
Scores were 115-113, 115-112, and, 114-113 all for the 28-year-old Terrazas (32-2-1, 18 KOs), who came up with a fifth-round knockdown against the 32-year-old Montiel (46-4-2, 36 KOs) and had the ex-champion bleeding from cuts above both eyes through the middle rounds.
Montiel was in pursuit of his third-straight knockout in as many consecutive wins since suffering his last loss in February when he was stopped and dethroned in the second round by RING No. 4-rated pound-for-pound Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs).
Montiel’s 11-0-1 unbeaten streak had included nine knockouts entering his fight with Donaire, and Montiel is among five Mexican fighters to have won world titles over the course of three divisions.
Before losing by his first-ever stoppage against Donaire, Montiel was coming off a sensational fourth-round knockout over Hozumi Hasegawa, who at the time was on a 25-fight winning streak.
Montiel’s previous two fights before facing Terrazas were by third-round knockouts over Nehomar Cermeno and Alvaro Perez in June and August, respectively.
Prior to facing Montiel, Cermeno had lost a split-decision in his previous bout against Terrazas in January.
But Terrazas had won two straight by knockouts entering Saturday night’s bout, and was coming off September’s fourth-round knockout of Eduardo Becerril.
Terrazas’ two losses have come via an April 2010 ninth-round knockout by Rendall Munroe, and a second-round KO in his professional debut against Adrian Tellez in March of 2003.
Lem Satterfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org