Does Montiel deserve a shot at the WBC super bantamweight title?
By Gerardo Granados: Fernando Montiel was considered to be the best bantamweight fighter until he was defeated by Nonito Donaire (losing the WBC – WBO belts) who now is considered as the best bantamweight.
It has been reported that Montiel asked the World Boxing Council authorization to dispute the super bantamweight title that Toshiaki Nishioka possesses and probably he will get the authorization, but not due he could be benefited by the World Boxing Council but because of the outstanding boxing career of Montiel.
Fernando “Ko-chulito” Montiel, 32 years of age, orthodox, 5´4” height & 66 ½” reach, T49-W44(34)-L3(1)-D2; is a former WBO flyweight, WBO super flyweight, and WBO – WBC bantamweight champion; has a title fight record of T20-W17(13)-L3(1)-D0; he has engaged against top quality opposition such as: Isidro Garcia former WBO flyweight / 4*, Juan Domingo Cordova former WBO flyweight / 6*, Jose Lopez former WBO super flyweight / 6*, Pedro Alcazar former WBO super flyweight / 3*, Ruben Sanchez former WBO flyweight / 3*, Mark Johnson former WBO – IBF super flyweight and IBF flyweight / 14*, Ivan Hernandez former WBO super flyweight / 5*, Jhonny Gonzalez current WBC featherweight, former IBO featherweight and WBO bantamweight / 8*, Juan Alberto Rosas former IBF super flyweight / 2*, Hozumi Hasegawa former WBC featherweight and WBC bantamweight / 14*, and Nonito Donaire current WBO – WBC bantamweight and IBF – IBO flyweight / 5*; * title fights.
Montiel is not a rookie who has been pushed up the rankings by fighting easy opposition or simply a hype job, he is for real and until his fight against Nonito he was considered to be the best bantamweight.
Toshiaki Nishioka, 34 years of age, southpaw, 5´6 ½” height & 68 ½” reach, T45-W38(24)-L4(1)-D3; is the current WBC super bantamweight champion, has a title fight record of T10-W6(5)-L2(0)-D2; he is considered to be the best super bantamweight champion.
Nishioka vs. Montiel would be a great fight, both are great fighters who are still in their prime, this fight would be a good business for all the involved. If these two prime fighters could get authorized to fight for the title it would be great for boxing all around, Montiel just fought against another top prime fighter Nonito Donaire, indeed he lost but there had been another champions who got authorized to fight for a title after losing his own even on a different weight division; Miguel Angel Cotto lost his WBO welterweight title to Manny Pacquiao and next he fought Yuri Foreman for the WBA World light middleweight title, Zab Judah lost his WBC – WBA Super World – IBF light welterweight titles to Kostya Tszyu then he fought against journeyman Omar Gabriel Weis and then fought De Marcus Corley for the WBO light welterweight title, Oscar De la Hoya lost his WBO middleweight title to Bernard Hopkins and after a two years absence defeated Ricardo Mayorga by TKO6 to win the WBC light middleweight belt, Thomas Hearns lost his WBC middleweight title to Iran Barkley by TKO3 then on his next fight he won the vacant WBO super middleweight title against James Kinchen, Pernell Whitaker lost his WBC lightweight title to Jose Luis Ramirez by SD12 on his next fight took a tune up fight against unknown Antonio Carter and then defeated Greg Haugen for the IBF lightweight title; so this is nothing new I believe.
Boxing needs this kind of fights, lets not politicize if the World Boxing Council would try to benefit Montiel because that is none sense, if Nishioka was the holder any of the others major boxing organizations title, such as the World Boxing Organization, International Boxing Federation or the World Boxing Association, it would be very probable that the Nishioka versus Montiel fight would have been authorized to go for the title, even more because Montiel would be trying to become the first Mexican fighter to conquer a title in a fourth weight division.
Two of the best boxers available fighting for supremacy, fame and glory awaits for the winner and as for the boxing fans a fight between two brave lions to enjoy. Let them engage!