Los Mochis, Sinaloa – Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel believes that his next fight is the most important of his career and that is why he must win it, and that is also the reason that he is working so hard in his native city of Los Mochis, looking to put together the best training camp possible that will give him the perfect fight when he takes on Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire on Saturday, February 19 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas. Photos by Rafael Soto.
The boxing card promoted by Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions will be telecast by HBO in their “Boxing After Dark” show.
Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico is training under the guidance of his father Manuel and his brothers, Pedro, Manuel Jr., and Eduardo and for this fight they have hired Lorenzo and German Garza as physical trainers, to increase his power without losing his speed.
“I know this is a very dangerous fight and is important to work on everything, so we don’t make any mistakes. With less than 20 days to go we are working on speed to be as quick and as fast as I can be,” said Montiel, who will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization bantamweight championship against Donarie.
Montiel, 31, who is a three-time world champion with over 20 world championship fights and is consider one of the best Mexican boxers of all-time, knows that a victory over Nonito Donaire ( 25-0-1, 17 KO’s) of General Santos City, Filipinas will be very important his already brilliant career.
TRAINING AT HOME
Montiel begins his day with a 50 minutes run in the huge Parque Centenario in Los Mochis, at 1:00 p.m. he is at the gym his family owns, where he will spared and do all his boxing workout, including 700 sit-ups and closes out his day with a night session in the same gym with the Garza Brothers, where he does special exercises gear towards giving him the best physical condition possible for this most important fight.
“I feel great and I believe that that the work plan my father and brothers have put together has been very effective and with the addition of the Garza brothers, I will be in the best shape ever for a fight. I want to give the fans a fight they will remember for a long time and I want to give the Mexican people a win that they will proud off and I will promise them a victory,” said Montiel, who has won the 112, 115 (twice) and 118 WBO world titles and is the WBC 118 pound king.
His brother Eduardo Montiel will be the chief second in the corner for this fight, wants his younger brother to put a lot of pressured on Donaire, and does not want him to fight at a distance against the taller and longer Filipino.
“Donarie is a tremendous counterpuncher who will use his speed to try to stay out of Fernando’s power zone and that is why we are making sure that Fernando understands that in order to win this fight he needs to put pressure on his opponent and throw a lot of punches. We want him to be in such great shape so that he can throw punches from the start to the end of each round,” said Eduardo Montiel.
For the first phase of his training Montiel sparred with Jorge Lacierva, Tomoki Kameda and Alex Lopez, and for the speed phase with Eduardo Ramirez and Ariel Gaspar.
Montiel who has is find with training at home is undefeated when he stays in Los Mochis, the only two times he trained outside of his hometown he lost to Mark Johnson and Johnny Gonzalez in very closed decision, This time he is not breaking his winning routine.