Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Ramon Montano: A Familar Face in Mayweather's Camp

By Chris Robinson

As I have been reporting the past few weeks, there is a bevy of young talent inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas these days.

Gearing up for a May 5th challenge of Miguel Cotto’s WBA junior middleweight crown, undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. has gone with a bit of a youth movement heading into the fight, bringing in some younger and bigger sparring mates to help him get ready for the bout.

Undefeated middleweights Omar Henry, age 25, J’Leon Love, age 24, Bastie Samir, age 25, and standout Cuban-American amateur Luis Arias, age 21, have all played their part in getting Floyd ready the Cotto encounter, but there is another character who has been coming through the doors on a daily basis to serve his role.

Ramon Montano has been a pro for nine years and while he may not have gotten the type of fanfare he was looking for in his career, he has been a part of some key camps with Mayweather dating back to 2007.

Born in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico on November 8th, 1982, Montano remembers growing up relatively poor yet always striving for some kind of a better life.

“I started working when I was eight years old,” Montano reflected before a recent training session. “My mind was different, thinking about doing something in my life. Going to school first and then doing something different.”

Montano took up an interest in sports at that same time and would eventually parlay his involvement into kick-boxing over to boxing. And despite being thrown to the wolves, Montano found a way to survive.

“When I was into boxing, my trainer put me in his gym,” Montano continued. “I didn’t know about it, but he took me to the gym and I started working with all pro fighters. And I started training, fighting amateur, and I started having a couple professional fights in Mexico.”

Montano would have a handful of fights in Mexico but soon realized there was no real future for him in his native country. Wanting to branch out, he took a fight against Coachella, California’s Thomas Barragan at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in May of 2004.

In a card headlined by Humberto Soto’s 6th round TKO over Colombian trial horse Wilson Alcorro, Montano would drop a majority-decision to Barragan but left enough of an impression with Top Rank for the company to take an interest in him.

“I came here and I fight and I lost,” said Montano of the Barragan defeat. “Then I got an invitation from Top Rank. I came back and I started coming back. Two months later I moved back. That’s when I started fighting for Top Rank. I fight for them for four years. I had good fights there and after that I stayed to myself.”

For Montano, it seemed like all he ever asked for.

“When I came here the first time, it was my goal, my dream, to come to Vegas and see the lights of the city,” he reflected. “It was the first city I saw in the United States. When I go to other cities in the United States, it’s not comfortable for me. I love Las Vegas.”

Those four years were pretty memorable for Montano, as he points to his March 2006 draw with Dmitriy Salita, a fight he claims he clearly won, as well as his upset over once-beaten Americo Santos one year later and his March 2008 scrap with then-lightweight champion David Diaz as being fights he will always remember.

It was also during his time with Top Rank that Montano would cross paths with Mayweather Jr., who then too was also fighting for the promotional outfit.

“I met Floyd in 2005 at the Top Rank Gym. I think he liked my style and after that, in 2007 when he fought Ricky Hatton, Rafael Garcia brought me here,” said Montano, who also joined Mayweather in camp prior to his victories over Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley.

And for Montano, the often-brash Mayweather has been all class along the way.

“Yeah, he’s very nice with me,” Montano claimed. “He always takes care of me and always appreciates my work. For me, he’s the best person, best fighter, everything.”

Interestingly, one of Montano’s most recent fights was a unanimous decision loss to undefeated prospect and Mayweather Promotions’ own Jessie Vargas in December of 2010 underneath the Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana bout at the Mandalay Bay. Montano would have one fight afterwards, losing a shocker to Juan Suazo this past July to bring his record to 17-10-2 (2) and he insists he is ready to put his fighting days in the past.

“I’m done with my career, I’m done,” said a still-upbeat Montano. “What I did in my career, I did a lot of different things and I’m happy with what I did. My last thing is working with the champ, Floyd. I’m happy with my life and that’s it. I don’t want to train. I’m going to train but I don’t want to fight anymore.”

But don’t expect Montano to slow down anytime soon. He still is involved in the sport, from running his own boxing classes to having a personal clothing line, NeverQuiT, that offers custom shirts, headgear, boxing gloves, hand wraps and shorts.

That in itself is enough to keep one busy but Montano is hoping for other accomplishments down the road.

“I have a lot of goals,” stated Montano. “To take care of my family, my daughter, my wife, and my son. I want to focus on working. I want to be a police officer, that’s my goal.”

Article Link - http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=51365#ixzz1r36DAKKE
This is a legal waiver. By copying and using the material from this article, you agree to give full credit to BoxingScene.com or provide a link to the original article.

RECENT  SLIDESHOWS - Click the link for more images 
 
Introducing Floyd Mayweather's sparring partners  -  Exclusive photos from Camp Mayweather as we take a look at Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s sparring partners, plus showcase other young talent in the gym. Including cameos by 50 Cent, Roger Mayweather, Andre Dirrell, Hasim Rahman, and others

Bella Gonzalez - 'I had to hurt them'  Recent images from Shane Mosley's girlfriend Bella Gonzalez and bonus shots

A look at Martinez-Macklin ring card girl Alyna Silva  -  A look at Alyna Silva, who caused a stir recently on HBO as the ring card girl during the Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin fight
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by starsjuicebar on 04-04-2012

Ramon, saul says what's up!!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines WBC Prez Smiles To Canelo: We Will Still Sanction Golovkin Bout! Romero Duno Heads To United States To Train For Next Fight Photos: Pacquiao, Horn - Go Face To Face at Final Presser! Ryan Martin: Time To Prove That I'm a Real Deal Fighter Giovanni Santillan is Aiming To Knock Sammy Valentin Out Hopkins on GGG: There Will Be Blood, Mostly on Canelo's Shorts Miguel Cruz Drops Alex Martin Twice, Wins Decision in Rematch Nacho Believes Golden Boy Won't Allow Cotto-Marquez Clash Abel Sanchez: Shafikov Has "Extremely Tough" Task With Easter Horn: I Like Being Told I Stand No Chance Against Pacquiao Bob Arum: Blame Me if Pacquiao-Horn Isn't a Competitive Fight! Diego De La Hoya Ready For Battle in San Luis, Argentina Povetkin Back in Good Graces of The WBA, WBO, Says Ryabinsky Smith: Don't Think I'm Getting Deserved Credit for KO of Hopkins Pacquiao Not Looking Past Horn, But Wants Mayweather Rematch Charlo-Heiland, Washington-Miller Set For Broner-Garcia Card Mikey Garcia: Unless a Lucky Punch, I Don't See How Broner Wins Antoine Douglas vs. Bruno Sandoval Set For July 14th Roach: To Get Mayweather, Pacquiao Must Impress With Horn Sergey Kovalev Eyes New Trainer, Move To New Weight Class Photos: Vijender Singh, Zulpikar Maimaitiali - Go Face To Face Marco Huck is Pumped To Join World Boxing Super Series Uzcategui's Agent on Dirrell Rematch Order, Lawson Court Case Arum: Pacquiao-Horn on ESPN is "a Gift" for Boxing Fans Pacquiao's Future, Beyond Horn, is Uncertain at The Moment Broner Wishes He Had Always Trained as Hard as Mayweather Tyson Fury: Klitschko Let Joshua Off The Hook After Knockdown Roach: If Pacquiao Struggles With Horn, Might Be Time To Retire Tim Tszyu Will Now Face Chris Khan, Nathan Webber is Out Photos: Manny Pacquiao Grinding Hard in Brisbane For Horn Chavez Sr: Today My Brother Was Killed, Tomorrow it Could Be Me Horn: Getting a Marquez KO of Pacquiao Has Been Our Main Point Micki Nielsen Returns on July 8 in Ludwigshafen, Germany Feel free to hate Mayweather-McGregor, but for the right reasons Andre Ward Mulling Next Move, Doubts Stevenson Will Fight Hopkins Urges Mayweather, McGregor: Make Fight Free For Fans! Photos: Miguel Cruz vs. Alex Martin - PBC on FS1 Official Weights Jeff Horn: I'm Going To Give Manny Pacquiao a Really Hard Fight Chavez Sr. Vows To Get Payback For The Murder of His Brother Pacquiao's Aussie Sparring Partner: I Don't Owe Jeff Horn Sh*t!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement