Two-division world champion Nonito Donaire is set to challenge current WBO and WBC Bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Great boxing action is expected out of the two fighters who both belong to the Ring Magazine top ten pound-for-pound boxers.
The switch-hitting Donaire of the Philippines was initially installed as a 2-1 favorite to prevail over Montiel but one can never discount the skills and heart of the Mexican champion. Montiel boasts of a 42-2-2 record with 34 knockouts and has five years more of boxing experience over Donaire.
Donaire has a 25-1 record with 17 knockouts. His career-defining moment came when he scored a vicious fifth round knockout of then heavy favorite Vic Darchinyan in July 2007, capturing the IBF and IBO Flyweight World titles and earning himself the Knockout of the Year honors.
Montiel has won the WBO Flyweight, Super Flyweight and Bantamweight crowns. If he wins against Donaire on Saturday, he will likely pursue a fourth belt in another weight class.
Donaire is coming off a fourth round knockout victory over Wladimir Sidorenko in December 2010 to win the WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight crown. This time he is aiming for another world title in his third weight class.