Montiel The Champ, After Morel, Wants Darchinyan

By Mark Vester

According to Fernando Montiel, he was crowned the full WBO bantamweight champion when Gerry Penalosa moved up on April 25 to challenge WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez. It was initially thought Montiel, the interim-champion, would fight Eric Morel for the "full" vacant title. Instead, Montiel tells ESTO that he plans to make the first defense of the full title against Morel on June 27 in Atlantic City.

"I feel great. It's an honor to have entered the group Mexican champions, expecially Julio Cesar Chavez, who won titles in three different weight divisions," Montiel said. "It was not easy to achieve. All of this meant a lot of sacrifice, and I was going hard. Now things are better for my career."

He knows the first defense of the title will be a tough one.

"Morel was a former world champion, experienced, skillful. My strength is going to push me along with my training, to win by knockout. We must have a good game plan," Montiel said.

If everything goes as expected, Montiel wants to unify with Vic Darchinyan, who challenges for the IBF bantamweight title in July when he takes on Joseph Agbeko. 

"Darchinyan will fight for a world title and if we both win, I want a unification fight against him. At 118 pounds I feel stronger and I feel like I have more skill in the ring," Montiel said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by warp1432 on 05-15-2009

[[email protected]@PR;5283201]He is not the champ he is just the interim Champ, and the fight between him and Morel will decided who is the WBO champ!!!!!!!! Anywas, if Morel brings his A game he can box Montiel silly, if he starts…

Comment by jetgeomcx on 05-15-2009

montiel is just the interim champ, the title is vacant. montiel/morel will have to face the real champ in penalosa, who signified his intention to reclaim his belt.

Comment by Joe2608 on 05-15-2009

Montiel would outbox Darchinyan in my opinion. Donaire would probably KO him again.

Comment by [email protected] on 05-15-2009

montiel would have an easy day disposing of morel. morel is never a threat to montiel's belt.

Comment by mrosborne on 05-14-2009

[QUOTE=paylapz83;5286016]vic wants donaire to capture belt at 118 first before they fight....idont know if it is only one of his excuses to avoid donaire.......[/QUOTE] Nah, I doubt it's an excuse. Donaire can't make the lower weight of 112, and isn't…

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