One of the most exciting fighters on the planet today Nonito Donaire will challenge WBC/WBO Bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel this weekend. I consulted with resident boxing expert and historian Philip H. Anselmo for his take on the hotly-anticipated showdown…
Scoop: I like Donaire a lot, he was so impressive in blowing out Wladimir Sidorenko, I think he can dominate Montiel, perhaps like a Klitschko vs. Peter II or Arguello-Ganigan, what you think? Donaire is one of the most explosive bantams I have ever seen and maybe the hardest hitting. Beautiful fighter.
Philip H. Anselmo: I am a firm believer in Nonito Donaire. I need to check the size difference, because I’m not sure off the top of my head. Montiel is a slick dude…and he hits pretty hard too. HOWEVER – I think Nonito is destined for greatness, so I’m picking him to outbox and outpunch Fernando, probably earning a well-deserved unanimous decision or a late-round stoppage, say ten. Truth be told, if either guy wins by early round knockout, which could definitely happen with these two boxer-punchers, it would catapult their careers. Especially if it’s Donaire who does the KOing! And if that happens, Manny’s gonna have a rival right smack-dab in his homeland in popularity.
28-year-old Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (25-1, 17 KO’s) is listed as 5-feet, 6-inches tall by Boxrec.com though Top Rank listed him as 5-foot-7 in the stats before his previous KO win against Wladimir Sidorenko. Donaire has a 68-inch reach and has won eight of his last nine fights by KO.
31-year-old Fernando “Kochilito” Montiel (44-2-2, 31 KO’s) is 5-ft, 4-in and has a 66 1/2 inch reach. He has won five of his last six bouts by KO.
Philip H. Anselmo is a musician, vocalist, songwriter for such groups as Pantera, Down, Super Joint Ritual and Arson Anthem. You can keep up with Phil’s latest music production and going-ons, including his video interview with New Orleans Saints star Jeremy Shockey at www.housecorerecords.com