Donaire Expects The Same: I Know Montiel's Weakness

By Mark Vester

Bantamweight contender Nonito Donaire (25-1, 17KOs) doesn't expect to encounter anything new from WBO/WBC champion Fernando Montiel (44-2-2, 34KOs) on February 19 in Las Vegas. Donaire has been watching Montiel for a very long time and feels the Mexican champion's style is one dimensional. Telling Ryan Burton of that he sees the same thing from Montiel in every fight.

"You can't teach old dogs new tricks. He has tremendous power like he's had for quite some time now. Since I've ever seen him, he's always had that power and he's always had that left hook. I expect the same fight from him," Donaire said. "I think I know the weakness that he brings to the ring and I'm going to exploit that and take advantage of it."

Watching a boxer who fights in the same style for every fight is going to make training easier, says Donaire.

"I think so [training is easier]. I get familiar with it. It's more textbook than anything, then going in there with a guy who does the unexpected. I can fight right handed and I can fight left handed so there are a lot of things that they can expect. With him, even though I know his movements, he still has that power," Donaire said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Joe2608 on 01-18-2011

I hope Montiel wins, he's such an underated fighter. Though Donaire is definatley the favourite to win.

Comment by jetgeomcx on 01-18-2011

frankly, i wouldn't be surprised if donaire catch montiel with a vicious left upper cut in the 4th !!!

Comment by montevideokid on 01-18-2011

fernando peds montiel, 10yrs fought no-one. joe pitty pat calzaghe, 10 yrs fought no-one, sven the dobber ottke 10 yrs fought no-one, back door david haye, lucien love myself bute, amir i beat maidana woopee khan, who the hell have…

Comment by BABYBOXER on 01-17-2011

as i was saying, exploiting an opponents weakness is the key for the "win". this is a very typical for a "thinking fighter". with his skills, nonito can execute several fight plans to dominate the fight. montiel is an elite…

Comment by shishaw on 01-17-2011

Montiel fought Concepcion on even 118 lbs., Donaire fought Concepcion on 115 lbs vs 124 lbs! KOing a guy 3 divisions higher is kinda hard, as Pac showed when he fought Marg. Though Donaire boxed and ran like May when…

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