Photos/Weights: Fernando Montiel vs. Giovanni Caro
By Jake Donovan
After weeks of trading words behind the mic and through the media, Fernando Montiel and Giovanni Caro can finally exchange punches in the ring.
Both fighters came in at the super bantamweight limit of 122 lb. for Saturday night's grudge match at Gimnasio Municipal Jose Neri Santos in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Televisa will air the regional title fight, which is scheduled for 12 rounds.
Montiel (48-4-2, 37KO) is anxious to return to the sport's top level, around where he hovered for much of a career that has featured title reigns in three weight classes.
The 33-year old enjoyed a brief stay as the world's best bantamweight until running into the dynamite fists of Nonito Donaire last February. Montiel was stretched in two rounds, and has struggled ever since to reclaim past glory.
He has since won four of his last five bouts entering Saturday's contest, though the one loss pushes him further down in queue for a desired shot at Abner Mares. Ahead of him in line is Victor Terrazas, who scored an upset decision win over Montiel a year ago almost to the day.
The fact that Montiel has campaigned for a shot at Mares has not at all sat well with Caro (24-11-4, 19KO). The visiting journeyman has taken his case to the media, venting his feelings of disrespect while his promoter Hector Garcia demanded full transparency in regards to the judging panel.
Caro's entire camp were ultimately granted all wishes. Montiel went on record to express the level of respect he holds for his opponent, while the WBC released the names of Saturday's officials earlier in the week. The referee for the bout is Rocky Burke, of the United States. All three judges are from Mexico, though none with a history that suggests Montiel merely needs to show up in order to win on their cards.
The televised co-feature pits budding lightweight contender Alejandro Sanabria against Nery Saguilan (24-2-1, 10KO) in a 10-round contest. Both fighters came in at the contracted weight of 130 lb.
Sanabria (33-1-1, 25KO) took a page out of Montiel's playbook, planning his next fight through the media while another one presently awaits him. He takes a risk in fighting at super featherweight for this contest, but is confident that he will extend his win streak to 10 straight. So confident, that he is already angling for a hoped-for future showdown with newly crowned lightweight titlist Adrien Broner.
Both bouts air live on Televisa as part of the network's 'Sabados de Corona' series.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Povetkin: Wilder's 'Klitschko Tactics' Won't Work, Maybe He's Nervous Photos: Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto Try To Intimidate Each Other Photos/Weights: Pedro Campa vs. Jose Alfaro, More Hearn Explains Rift With DeGale, Situation With Haymon - Video Video: Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto Tense Face To Face at Weighin Lolenga Mock Outscores David Becarra Over Ten Rounds Callum Smith Hits Washington To Scout Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Fury Just Wants To Be Left Alone To Enjoy a Chicken Sandwich Francisco Vargas Granted Temporary License, Must Submit To Additional Testing Vasyl Lomachenko: Nicholas Walters Kept Making Excuses Rances Barthelemy-Mickey Bey Tops PBC on Spike, June 3 Photos: Badou Jack, James DeGale, Bute, Medina Ready To Fight Photos: Manny Pacquiao Hits The Campaign Trail in Senate Bid News: Marquis Moore; Orlando Del Valle; Dashon Johnson Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Make Weight For Battle All Fighters Make Weight For Showtime Double In D.C. Khan: Beating Canelo Would Be Monumental For British Boxing DeGale: I Told Badou Jack 'You're Next, Green Belt is Coming To UK' Bellew vs. Makabu Title Clash Officially Unveiled Weights From London: Fury 231, Kassi 233 Carl Frampton Relinquishes IBF 122-Pound Crown Kovalev's Promoter Details How Chilemba/Russia Deal Came About Andre Dirrell 'Definitely' Would Go To England For DeGale Rematch Porter: Thurman Doesn't Work on The Inside, Smarter Fighter Wins Gaiyanghadaogym, Sithsamerchai Claim Wins In Thailand Frampton: Leo Santa Cruz's Style is Made For Me, 100% I'll Win Jeff Horn Targets WBO Title Showdown With Jessie Vargas Photos: Joshua, Haye, Groves, McGuigan Hit BT Sport Awards Golovkin's Promoter: If Kell Brook is Serious, We Can Discuss It Nacho Says 'Perfect Fight' Will Still See Khan Get Blasted By Canelo Video: Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto Final Press Conference Patrick Nielsen-Denis Douglin Set For May 28 in Denmark De La Hoya: Canelo Has Surpassed What I Accomplished at His Age Video: Roman Martinez on Overcoming Lomachenko Defense Stevenson Motivated To Reach Childhood Dream of Olympic Gold Tyson Fury: I Wish I Had Anthony Joshua's C**k, I Bet It's Big Manny Pacquiao Shocked at Kidnap Plot, Requests Added Security Video: DeGale on Facing Lucian Bute if He Shocks Badou Jack Jessie Vargas is Ready and Willing To Unify With Kell Brook Video: Badou Jack Talks Lucian Bute, DeGale vs. Medina, More
Latest Boxing Video Video: Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto Tense Face To Face at Weighin Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Make Weight For Battle Video: Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto Final Press Conference Video: Roman Martinez on Overcoming Lomachenko Defense Video: DeGale on Facing Lucian Bute if He Shocks Badou Jack Video: Badou Jack Talks Lucian Bute, DeGale vs. Medina, More Video: Felix Verdejo Talks New York City Return, Critics, More Video: Lucian Bute Confident That He's Downing Badou Jack Video: James DeGale Putting in Work as Medina Fight Nears Video: Jack, DeGale Size Each Other Up - A Sign of Things To Come?
Recent Top Stories
Latest Active Forum Threads