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 Daily Bread Mailbag: Kovalev, Golovkin, Canelo-Khan, More Frank Warren: Boxing Must Do More For Retired Fighters Johann Duhaupas Returns, Dominates Nascimento Over Ten Khan Says Shock Value Makes '50-50' Fight With Canelo Bigger Kovalev's Coach: If Ward Can't Hurt Sergey, He's in Trouble! Jamel Herring Looking To Step Things Up in 2016 Luis Ortiz Stays Patient, Waiting For Opponent To Get Finalized Sulaiman Warns Canelo That He Can't Make Mistakes With Khan Ocampo Blasts Out Navarro In Five; Cayetano Wins Alberto Machado, Abner Cotto KO Winners In Puerto Rico Kelly Pavlik Charged, Facing 180 Days in Air Rifle Shooting Photos: Deontay Wilder, Shaquille O'Neal Go Face To Face Jhonny Gonzalez Says Abner Mares Ran From Rematch Golovkin's Coach Doubts Canelo Fight Will Happen in 2016 Nonito Donaire To Hold Camp in Las Vegas For Bedak Clash Floyd Mayweather Jr. Wins 'Fighter of The Year' With BWAA Krzysztof Glowacki Feeling The Pressure of Usyk Mandatory Matthysse-Herrera in Talks For Canelo vs. Khan Undercard Mayweather: I'm No Longer Pound For Pound, But I am TBE Yuniesky Gonzalez Set To Begin Training With Pedro Diaz Promoter Talks of Dublin Shooting Chaos at Regency Hotel Roach Roach, Teddy Atlas Discuss The Proper Time To Stop a Fight Evander Holyfield Backs Tyson Fury: He Has Helped Boxing Frampton Acknowledges It's Been Worth The Wait For Quigg Julian Williams Talks IBF Eliminator, Charlo, Canelo-Khan Broner-Theophane Tops Season Two Premiere of PBC on Spike TV Frank Warren: Rigondeaux, Tete Bring Class To Liverpool Card David Haye Says He Is Not Encouraging Bruno To Make Return Derry Mathews Motivated To Blast Terry Flanagan Out Cold Mayweather Confident Theophane Will Beat Adrien Broner Roach: I Think Kovalev Will Be Too Big, Strong For Andre Ward Deontay Wilder: I Want Alexander Povetkin as Soon as Possible Juergen Braehmer-Eduard Gutknecht Rematch on March 12th Video: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Retirement, Not Being Tempted Randy Caballero, Frankie Gomez, Mosley Jr. Get Wins in Indio WBC To Name New Mandatory For Danny Garcia, With Khan Out Tomasz Adamek-Eric Molina on April 2nd in Krakow Dmitry Mikhaylenko Return Eyed For 4/29 in Sochi Canelo's Manager Rejects Talk of Khan Being 'Easy Fight' Top Rank Motivated To Continue Staging Events in China
Latest Boxing Video Video: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Retirement, Not Being Tempted Video: Ashley Theophane Discusses Adrien Broner Clash Video: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Canelo-Khan, Career, More Video: Freddie Roach Breaks Down Canelo-Cotto, Much More Video: Justin Fortune Talks Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Shiming Video: Shane McGuigan Breaks Down Groves' Return Win Video: George Groves Discusses His Return Win, The Future Video: Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson Nearly Rumble Video: Sergey Kovalev 174.6-Pounds, Jean Pascal 174.3-Pounds Video: Hearn Details Khan-Brook Progress: Talks Joshua, Groves
Recent Top Stories
Latest Active Forum Threads