By Jake Donovan
Assuming all parties go through with this weekend’s headliner in Ciudad Juarez, the super bantamweight bout between Fernando Montiel and Giovanni ‘Caro’ Ruso has quickly developed into a grudge match.
Ruso has taken exception to Montiel’s recent remarks of seeking a future shot at super bantamweight titlist Abner Mares. The request came shortly after Mares’ hard-earned win over Anselmo Moreno earlier this month, all while Montiel still has to worry about Saturday’s affair with Ruso, which airs live on Mexico Televisa.
“Like I said, first thing’s first; focus on your fight with me,” Caro (24-11-4, 19KO) demands of the former three-division champ. “Before thinking about Abner Mares, you need to focus on the fighter in front of you. I have a big surprise for you on Saturday night.”
The “big surprise” would be a guarantee that Caro will knock out and retire the 33-year old Montiel (48-4-2, 37KO). All of this, of course, is assuming that he is on hand at Gimnacio Nacional Josue Neri Santos by fight night.
In addition to the level of disrespect Caro believes Montiel has shown, his handlers – HG Boxing – have made demands of their own. The company – headed by and named after Hector Garcia – has requested advanced knowledge of the officials for Saturday’s contest, to ensure a level playing field.
“I will not have my fighter exposed to an unpopular robbery,” Garcia recently insisted.
Montiel managed a controversial split decision the last time he fought in Ciudad Juarez, barely getting past rising prospect Arturo Santos this past June. Santos also fights under the HG Boxing label, making for a fresh wound as they head back into town for fight week activities.
The Caro camp has repeatedly stated its firm stance on disallowing history to repeat itself.
“Last time, Montiel came here with his team of officials,” Garcia facetiously states. “We will not allow them to rob us again.”
The points raised by Garcia are legitimate concerns. However, Caro believes he has the perfect remedy to overcome any perceived hometown advantage.
“On Saturday night, the judges will not be able to help you,” promises the Mexico City native. “The severe beating I give will make (Montiel) think before he speaks. I’m very upset that he is bragging about fighting in his second home. All I will say is that I will ruin the celebration for everyone.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox