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Fernando Montiel
Weightclass:
Bantamweight
Age:
35
Birthplace:
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Record:
50-4-2, 38 KOs
Height:
5'5"
Reach:
65
Managers:
Maneul Montiel (father)
Trainers:
Manuel Montiel
biography
“Kochulito” 

Ranked WBC #19 at 122 pounds…
World championship fights: 18-3, 14 KOs...
Former WBC bantamweight world champion, one successful defense…
Former WBO bantamweight world champion, two successful defenses...
Former two-time WBO jr. bantamweight world champion, eight successful defenses...
Former WBO flyweight world champion, three successful defenses…

At the age of 35, Fernando is a 17-year pro – he made his debut at 17. A former world champion in the flyweight, super flyweight, and bantamweight divisions, he is a veteran of 21 world championship fights.
When Fernando won the WBO bantamweight world title in 2009, he joined an elite group: only four Mexicans had previously won world titles in three different weight divisions – Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Julio Cesar Chavez – and Fernando became the fifth. They were joined in 2011 by Jorge Arce.
In 2011, Morales and Arce won world titles in a fourth weight division, and Marquez joined them when he won a world title in a fourth weight division in 2012.
Fernando now intends to become the next member of that group.
At the final press conference for this fight, he said, "I'm going to demonstrate that Kochulito will still be around for a while, and I'm going for my fourth title in different divisions. I respect Cruz, it will be in front of his people, but I’m here to win."
Fernando is coming off a spectacular one-punch knockout win against Jaderes Padua in his last fight on June 22, 2013.
BoxingScene.com's Jake Donovan reported [excerpts]: Fernando Montiel was a big hit in Ixtapa, Mexico, catering to the people all through fight week and then taking care of business in the ring on fight night. The former three-division...
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fight history
2013 - Key Fights - in his last fight on 6-22-13 in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, MX, he won by knockout (3rd round, 1:12) against Jaderes Padua (8-2-1): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at Hotel Azul Ixtapa, and it ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Fernando scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, and Padua was counted out at 1:12...
 
2012 - WON USNBC SB TITLE - on 11-24-12 in Ciudad Juárez, MX, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Giovanni Caro (24-11-4): the bout headlined at Gimnasio Municipal "Jose Neri Santos," and it was fast-paced and exciting; both gave strong efforts, and both were cut by head clashes - Fernando over and under his right eye, Caro on the bridge of his nose; scored 114-112 on all three scorecards...
On 6-9-12 in Chihuahua, MX, he won a 12 round split decision against Arturo Reyes (11-1): the bout headlined at Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre; it drew a crowd of 12,000, and was a good, close fight; it looked like the decision could go either way, but the judges scored 117-111, 115-113 Montiel, 115-113 Caro...
On 3-3-12 in Mazatlan, MX, he won by knockout (9th round, 2:32) against Angky Angkotta (26-6-1)...
VACANT WBC SILVER SB TITLE CHALLENGE - on 11-19-11 in Los Mochis, MX, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against Victor Terrazas (32-2-1): the early rounds were close, but Terrazas scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 5th round and Fernando was cut over both eyes in the middle rounds; Terrazas tired in the late rounds and Fernando rallied, but Terrazas won by scores of 115-112, 115-113, 114-113…
 
2011 - on 8-20-11 in Valle de Guadalupe, MX, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Alvaro Perez (21-3-1): Fernando scored a knockdown in the 3rd third round, and Perez was counted out at 1:26...
On 6-26-11 in...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Fernando said through an interpreter, “I was born and raised in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. I have four brothers and two sisters. My father has always been in boxing. He was a professional boxer in the 60s and 70s. He trains fighters and works with them all the time. I don’t think he was still fighting when I was a little kid – I never saw any of his fights.
“There are a whole lot of fighters in the Montiel family. I’ve got it in my blood. Three of my brothers were fighters, and some of my uncles and cousins, too. I think 11 or 12 guys in the family have been boxers at one time.
“I’ve seen pictures of myself as a little kid with the gloves on, in the fighting stance. I’ve been putting on the gloves ever since I can remember. I remember actually fighting when I was five years old.
“I was about 45-3 in amateur fights. I won several local and state tournaments. I won a silver medal in the nationals.
“I was invited to go the training camp with the Olympic team, but my father didn’t like it. He never liked the amateurs and he decided that wasn’t a good way to go, and I turned professional instead.”…
 
STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement...is versatile – can pressure his opponents or box and move…has good punching power...tough, determined, and durable…is experienced against top opposition...comes from a strong family boxing background...
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 17 years, 3 months…56 fights…337 total rounds...145 world championship rounds...
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6 rounds...
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 76 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 11 (8-3)...10 rounds – 7 (6-0-1)...
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Biography

“Kochulito” 

  • Ranked WBC #19 at 122 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 18-3, 14 KOs...
  • Former WBC bantamweight world champion, one successful defense…
  • Former WBO bantamweight world champion, two successful defenses...
  • Former two-time WBO jr. bantamweight world champion, eight successful defenses...
  • Former WBO flyweight world champion, three successful defenses…

At the age of 35, Fernando is a 17-year pro – he made his debut at 17. A former world champion in the flyweight, super flyweight, and bantamweight divisions, he is a veteran of 21 world championship fights.

When Fernando won the WBO bantamweight world title in 2009, he joined an elite group: only four Mexicans had previously won world titles in three different weight divisions – Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Julio Cesar Chavez – and Fernando became the fifth. They were joined in 2011 by Jorge Arce.

In 2011, Morales and Arce won world titles in a fourth weight division, and Marquez joined them when he won a world title in a fourth weight division in 2012.

Fernando now intends to become the next member of that group.

At the final press conference for this fight, he said, "I'm going to demonstrate that Kochulito will still be around for a while, and I'm going for my fourth title in different divisions. I respect Cruz, it will be in front of his people, but I’m here to win."

Fernando is coming off a spectacular one-punch knockout win against Jaderes Padua in his last fight on June 22, 2013.

BoxingScene.com's Jake Donovan reported [excerpts]: Fernando Montiel was a big hit in Ixtapa, Mexico, catering to the people all through fight week and then taking care of business in the ring on fight night. The former three-division titlist picked up his fourth straight win, stopping Jaderes Padua of the Philippines in the third round of their main event.

A packed house of 4,500 was on hand to witness Montiel as he continues his dream of winning a belt in a fourth weight class.

Montiel flattened him with a single punch. A right hand left Padua shook, with the 22-year old on the canvas as the ten-count was reached at 1:12 of round three.

The win is Montiel's fourth straight and the 50th overall of his impressive career. [End Donovan item]

Fernando is a lifelong resident of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, and was born into a boxing family – he’s the son of Manuel Montiel, a former professional flyweight who now owns one of Mexico’s premiere boxing gyms. Los Mochis is also home to former WBO junior bantamweight world champion and Mexican crossover star Jorge Arce, and former WBC lightweight world champion Humberto Soto. Nearly every fighter from Los Mochis has trained at the Montiels’ gym at one time or another.

Fernando won the WBO bantamweight world title in March, 2009, and added the WBC bantamweight world title in April, 2010.

He is also a former two-time WBO junior bantamweight world champion. He won that title for the first time in June, 2002, and made one successful title defense before losing it in August, 2003. Fernando regained the title in April, 2005, and made seven more successful title defenses, then vacated the title to move up in weight. Earlier, he won the WBO flyweight world title in December, 2000, and made three successful title defenses.

Fernando is experienced against top opposition, and has fought former world champions Victor Terrazas (L12), Nonito Donaire (KOby2), Hozumi Hasegawa (TKO4), Martin Castillo (TKO4), Jhonny Gonzalez (L12), Ivan Hernandez (TKO7), Mark Johnson (L12), Ruben Sanchez (KO2), Pedro Alcazar (TKO6), Juan Cordoba (KO1), Isidro Garcia (TKO7), and Cruz Carvajal (TKO4).

Regarding his nickname, Fernando said, “My father’s name is Manuel Jesus and when one of my aunts was real small, she couldn’t pronounce it right. She called her brother ‘Cochul,’ and now all of his sons are called ‘Cochulito.’ I changed the spelling to ‘KO,’ like ‘knockout.’ ”

Fight History

2013 - Key Fights - in his last fight on 6-22-13 in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, MX, he won by knockout (3rd round, 1:12) against Jaderes Padua (8-2-1): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at Hotel Azul Ixtapa, and it ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Fernando scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, and Padua was counted out at 1:12...

 

2012 - WON USNBC SB TITLE - on 11-24-12 in Ciudad Juárez, MX, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Giovanni Caro (24-11-4): the bout headlined at Gimnasio Municipal "Jose Neri Santos," and it was fast-paced and exciting; both gave strong efforts, and both were cut by head clashes - Fernando over and under his right eye, Caro on the bridge of his nose; scored 114-112 on all three scorecards...

On 6-9-12 in Chihuahua, MX, he won a 12 round split decision against Arturo Reyes (11-1): the bout headlined at Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre; it drew a crowd of 12,000, and was a good, close fight; it looked like the decision could go either way, but the judges scored 117-111, 115-113 Montiel, 115-113 Caro...

On 3-3-12 in Mazatlan, MX, he won by knockout (9th round, 2:32) against Angky Angkotta (26-6-1)...

VACANT WBC SILVER SB TITLE CHALLENGE - on 11-19-11 in Los Mochis, MX, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against Victor Terrazas (32-2-1): the early rounds were close, but Terrazas scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 5th round and Fernando was cut over both eyes in the middle rounds; Terrazas tired in the late rounds and Fernando rallied, but Terrazas won by scores of 115-112, 115-113, 114-113…

 

2011 - on 8-20-11 in Valle de Guadalupe, MX, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Alvaro Perez (21-3-1): Fernando scored a knockdown in the 3rd third round, and Perez was counted out at 1:26...

On 6-26-11 in Culiacan, MX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against 2000 Venezuelan Olympian Nehomar Cermeno (20-3): Cermeno was injured by a body punch in the 2nd round, and did not continue after the round; the local commission records it as a TKO at 0:10 of the third round...

LOST WBC B WORLD TITLE - on 2-19-11 in Las Vegas, NV, he lost by TKO (2nd round) in a title unification fight against WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (25-1): the fight headlined at Mandalay Bay and it ended with a spectacular knockout; Donaire swept the 1st round on all three scorecards; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd that dropped Fernando flat on his back - he got to his feet and the referee allowed him to continue, but Donaire landed a right hand-left hook combination and the referee stopped the fight at 2:25;

 

2010 – on 12-10-10 in Saltillo, MX, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Jovanny Soto (29-8-1): this nontitle fight headlined at Gimnasio Municipal, and Fernando quickly overwhelmed him - he scored one knockdown in the 1st round, then two more knockdowns in the 2nd, and Soto was counted out at 2:29; after the fight, Fernando said, “I felt very strong. Soto is brave but I came to win, and I’m ready for Donaire. On February 19 I’ll show that I’m better than he is.”…

1ST WBC, 2ND WBO B WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 7-17-10 in Tuxtla Gutierrez, MX, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Rafael Concepcion (14-4-1): the fight headlined at Palenque de la Feria, and Fernando quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns, both with left hooks, in the 2nd round and Concepcion was penalized one point for holding later in the round; Fernando scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:07…

WON WBC B WORLD TITLE - on 4-30-10 in Tokyo, JAP, he won by TKO (4th round) against lefthanded defending champion Hozumi Hasegawa (28-2): the fight headlined at Budokan Hall and Hasegawa, making his 11th defense of the title, was the clear favorite to win - he pressed forward, landed the sharper punches, and swept the 1st round on all three scorecards; Fernando boxed and moved well, and won the 2nd on two scorecards, but Hasegawa came back and swept the 3rd round; Fernando staggered Hasegawa with a left hook that left him dazed late in the 4th, then trapped him on the ropes and rocked him with a series of unanswered punches, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59; after three rounds, Hasegawa led by scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28; after the fight, Fernando said, “I didn’t think I would be able to knock out Hasegawa so quickly. Hasegawa is a powerful boxer.”; it was later discovered that Hasegawa’s jaw was broken by an uppercut in the 1st round...

WON WBO B WORLD TITLE – on 2-13-10 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against previously undefeated Ciso Morales (14-0): the fight was co-featured with the Nonito Donaire-Manuel Vargas main event; Fernando scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 1st round, and Morales was counted out at 2:06...

 

2009 – on 9-12-09 in Tepic, MX, he had a technical draw (3rd round) in a nontitle fight against lefthanded Alex Valdez (21-3-2): it was an exciting fight while it lasted, and had a questionable ending; Fernando scored a knockdown with an left uppercut in the 1st round, but was cut badly over over his left eye later in the round - it appeared that the cut was from a punch, but the referee ruled that it was caused by an accidental clash of heads; Valdez came back and scored a knockdown in the 2nd round and rallied in the 3rd, but the fight was stopped on Fernando’s cut after the round; since four rounds had not been completed, the fight was ruled a technical draw...

WON WBO INTERIM B WORLD TITLE - on 3-28-09 in Tijuana, MX, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Diego Silva (24-1-3): the fight was co-featured with the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Luciano Cuello main event, and Fernando dominated; he buckled Silva’s knees with a left hook midway through the 2nd round, then scored a knockdown later in the round with a right hand; Fernando scored two more knockdowns in the 3rd round - the first with a left hook that bloodied Silva’s mouth and nose, the second with a right uppercut - and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:44; Fernando became the “full” WBO bantamweight world champion when Gerry Penalosa vacated the title to move up in weight...

 

2008 – on 11-2-08 in Aguascalientes, MX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision in a nontitle fight against Alberto Rosas (27-4): the fight was on the undercard of the Ulises Solis-Nerys Espinoza main event at Palenque de la Feria; Rosas constantly pressed forward, but Fernando kept him off-balance with movement, boxed effectively, and dominated the fight; Rosas was penalized one point for headbutts in the 6th round...

8TH WBO JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 5-31-08 in San Luis Potosi, MX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against former two-time world title challenger Luis Maldonado (37-2-1): the fight headlined at the Plaza de Toros el Paseo, and Fernando quickly overpowered him; he scored one knockdown with a right hand-left hook combination in the 1st round and another with a right hand in the 3rd – Maldonado got up, but Fernando rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:58; after the fight Fernando said, “I demonstrated once again that I am ready. Maldonado was a very brave challenger, my respects to him, but always I knew that I’'d knock him out because I prepared well.”...

7TH WBO JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 2-16-08 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (4th round) against lefthanded former 1996 Mexican Olympian and WBA super flyweight world champion Martin Castillo (33-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Kelly Pavlik-Jermain Taylor rematch, and Fernando dominated; he scored a knockdown with a left hook and cut Castillo over his left eye early in the 1st round; Fernando scored another knockdown with another left hook late in the 3rd; he knocked down Castillo with a series of punches in the 4th round, and Castillo was counted out at 1:56; after the fight, Fernando said, “Coming into the fight I felt very strong, and when I put him down in the first round, I knew it was going to be a very good night for me. Boxing is about styles, and I don’t think he knew my style.”...

 

2007 – 6TH WBO JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 10-4-07 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (12th round) against Luis Melendez (25-2-1): the fight headlined at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and it was  fast-paced and exciting; Melendez was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 4th round that also raised a swelling on Fernando’s forehead; Fernando scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 6th round, but Melendez came back and knocked down Fernando with a left hook and cut him over his left eye in the 7th; Fernando finished the fight strongly – he staggered Melendez with a right hand in the 12th round, then scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body – Melendez got up, but Fernando rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:58; both fighters were battered and bloody at the end; after 11 rounds, Fernando led by scores of 107-100, 107-100, 107-101; after the fight, Fernando said, “I expected a tough fight. I’d seen him before. But he was tougher than I expected - he was in great condition and gave it everything he had. But I knew I was the better fighter.”...

5TH WBO JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 7-14-07 in Ciudad Obregon, MX, he won by TKO (10th round) against Cecilio Santos (22-7-2): the fight headlined at the Explanada Tecate; Santos gave a good effort, but Fernando dominated most of the fight; he scored one knockdown in the 5th round, then scored two more in the 10th – the first with a body punch, the second with a series of punches – and the referee stopped the fight at 2:15; after nine rounds, Fernando led by scores of 89-81, 89-81, 86-84...

4TH WBO JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 2-24-07 in Cebu, PH, he won a 12 round split decision against lefthanded local favorite Z Gorres (26-1-1): the bout headlined at the Sports Center and drew a reported crowd of 20,000; it was a good fight and a questionable decision; Gorres started fast – he swept the first two rounds on all three scorecards and built an early lead – after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56, 58-56 Gorres, 57-57; Gorres swept the 8th and 9th rounds, but Fernando came on strongly in the late rounds – he rocked Gorres with a right hand in the 10th and swept the round, and Gorres was penalized one point in the round for holding, then Fernando won the 11th and 12th on two scorecards and Gorres was penalized another point for holding in the 12th round, as well; many ringsiders thought Gorres deserved to win, but the judges scored 115-111, 114-112 Montiel, 115-111 Gorres...

 

2006 - WBO B WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE DEFENSE –on 5-27-06 in Carson, CA, he lost a 12 round split decision against defending champion Jhonny Gonzalez (32-4): Fernando moved up to the bantamweight division and was physically overmatched; he and Gonzalez were also friends outside of the ring; Gonzalez pressed forward and Fernando boxed and moved, but it was a slow-paced, tacital fight and the crowd booed the lack of action from the 2nd round; several rounds were close and hard to score, and Fernando was cut under his right eye in the 9th round; Gonzalez finished the fight strongly – he won the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th rounds on two scorecards, and won by scores of 118-111, 116-112 Gonzalez, 115-113 Montiel...

 

2005 – 3RD WBO JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 10-29-05 in Tucson, AZ, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against 1992 Olympian and previously undefeated Pramuansak Posuwan (29-0-1): the bout headlined a Mexico versus Thailand “World Cup” fightcard – Mexico won 4-0 in WBO world title fights and 5-1 overall; the first half of the fight was slow-paced and very close – after six rounds, the judges scored 58-56 Posuwan, 57-57, 57-57; but the pace and action intensified in the second half; Posuwan scored a controversial knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 8th round – replays showed the punch was clearly low; Posuwan tired late in the fight and his right eye was swollen badly, and Fernando rallied strongly after that - he won the 9th on two scorecards, then swept the 10th, 11th, and 12th rounds; Fernando was cut on the bridge of his nose in the 12th round, but also scored a knockdown that replays showed was really more of a punch-slip; scored 115-112, 114-112, 114-112...

2ND WBO JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 7-16-05 in Las Vegas he won a 12 round unanimous decision against late substitute Evert Briceno (21-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Jermain Taylor-Bernard Hopkins I main event at the MGM Grand; Fernando boxed and moved effectively and dominated most of the fight; Briceno rallied in the late rounds – he swept the 11th on all three scorecards and won the 12th on two, but Fernando won by scores of 118-110, 117-111, 117-111...

WON WBO JB WORLD TITLE – on 4-9-05 in El Paso, TX, he won by TKO (7th round) against previously undefeated defending champion Ivan Hernandez (21-0-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Marco Antonio Barrera-Mzonke Fana main event at the Don Haskins Center, and Fernando dominated; he scored three knockdowns with body punches - one in the 6th round and two more in the 7th, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:48; after six rounds, Fernando led by scores of 59-55 on all three scorecards...

 

2004 - on 9-3-04 in Tucson he won by knockout (7th round) against Reynaldo Hurtado (37-5-1): Hurtado had a six-inch height advantage, but Fernando dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Hurtado and landed the sharper punches; Fernando scored a knockdown with three left hooks to the body in the 7th round, and Hurtado was counted out at 1:30; after the fight, Fernando said, “I could have knocked Hurtado out earlier, but I needed the workout.”...

On 4-29-04 in Laredo, TX, he won by knockout (3rd round) against lefthander Samuel Lopez (14-2): Fernando scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 3rd round - Lopez got up but Fernando rocked him again, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:02...

On 1-16-04 in Hidalgo, TX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against former NABF super bantamweight champion late substitute Roberto Lopez (22-14-1): Lopez fought very aggressively, but Fernando boxed effectively and dominated fight fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 3rd round – Lopez got up but turned away in resignation, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:38; after the fight, Fernando said, “I am very happy with the outcome of the fight. I prepared very hard and I felt very good in there. It felt great fighting in front of so many fans.”...

 

2003 – LOST WBO JB WORLD TITLE – on 8-16-03 in Uncasville, CT, he lost a 12 round majority decision against lefthanded former IBF flyweight and jr. bantamweight world champion Mark Johnson (41-3): Johnson dominated the early rounds and scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 5th round; Fernando rallied in the 8th round and kept a busier pace for the rest of the fight, but Johnson won by scores of 115-112, 117-110, 114-114...

On 5-9-03 in San Diego, CA, he won by TKO (2nd round) against former WBO flyweight world champion Ruben Sanchez (28-13-1): the fight headlined at the Sports Arena; Fernando scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round – the first with a left hook to the body, the second with series of body punches – and the referee stopped the fight in mid-count at 3:00; after the fight Fernando said, “I worked hard for this fight. I knew he was a champion. I feel very strong at this division.”...

1ST WBO WORLD JB TITLE DEFENSE - on 1-18-03 in Los Mochis, MX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against lefthanded Roy Doliguez (11-6-3): the fight headlined  at Auditorio de Beisbol; Doliguez scrored a knockdown in the 1st round, but Fernando came back and scored three knockdowns in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:31…

 

2002 - WON WBO JB WORLD TITLE - on 6-22-02 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (6th round) against previously undefeated defending champion Pedro Alcazar (25-0-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Marco Antonio Barrera-Erik Morales rematch; Fernando held the WBO flyweight world title and was moving up in weight; Alcazar pressed forward and won the first two rounds on two scorecards, but Fernando boxed and moved effectively and shut him out on the scorecards after that; he hurt Alcazar with a left hook to the body in the 5th round; Fernando rocked Alcazar with a series of unanswered punches in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:16; after five rounds, Fernando led by scores of 50-44, 49-46, 49-46; Alcazar spent the next day sightseeing on the Las Vegas Strip, but collapsed in his hotel the day after that and passed away about 36 hours after the fight from severe swelling of the brain…

 

2001- 3RD WBO FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 9-8-01 in Reno, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against former three-time world title challenger Jose “Carita” Lopez (24-6-1): Fernando built an early lead; he cut Lopez over both eyes and bloodied his nose, and Lopez was penalized one point for low blows in the 4th round; Lopez rallied and scored a knockdown in the 9th round, but Fernando recovered, finished strongly, and won by scores of 118-110, 116-110, 116-111…

2ND WBO WORLD TITLE FL DEFENSE – on 5-25-01 in Acapulco, MX, he won by knockout (1st round) against former WBO light flyweight world champion Juan Cordoba (35-5-3): Fernando scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and Cordoba was counted out at 2:15…

1ST WBO WORLD TITLE FL DEFENSE –on 3-24-01 in Munich, GER, he won by TKO (7th round) against 1996 Olympic bronze medalist and WBO No. 1 ranked Zoltan Lunka (21-1): Fernando dominated the fight and stopped Lunka at 2:03 of the 7th round; after six rounds, Fernando led by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 59-55…

 

2000 – WON WBO FL WORLD TITLE - on 12-15-00 in Ciudad Obregon he won by TKO (7th round) against defending champion Isidro Garcia (21-1-1): Fernando dominated the fight; he scored knockdowns in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th rounds, and stopped Garcia at 2:15 of the 7th round; after six rounds, Fernando led by scores of 59-52, 58-53, 58-53…

On 4-14-00 in Ciudad Obregon he won by TKO (4th round) against former Mexican bantamweight champion Cruz Carvajal (18-9-1): Carvajal went on to win the WBO bantamweight world title…

He debuted at the age of 17 on 12-6-96…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Fernando said through an interpreter, “I was born and raised in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. I have four brothers and two sisters. My father has always been in boxing. He was a professional boxer in the 60s and 70s. He trains fighters and works with them all the time. I don’t think he was still fighting when I was a little kid – I never saw any of his fights.

“There are a whole lot of fighters in the Montiel family. I’ve got it in my blood. Three of my brothers were fighters, and some of my uncles and cousins, too. I think 11 or 12 guys in the family have been boxers at one time.

“I’ve seen pictures of myself as a little kid with the gloves on, in the fighting stance. I’ve been putting on the gloves ever since I can remember. I remember actually fighting when I was five years old.

“I was about 45-3 in amateur fights. I won several local and state tournaments. I won a silver medal in the nationals.

“I was invited to go the training camp with the Olympic team, but my father didn’t like it. He never liked the amateurs and he decided that wasn’t a good way to go, and I turned professional instead.”…

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement...is versatile – can pressure his opponents or box and move…has good punching power...tough, determined, and durable…is experienced against top opposition...comes from a strong family boxing background...

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 17 years, 3 months…56 fights…337 total rounds...145 world championship rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 76 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 11 (8-3)...10 rounds – 7 (6-0-1)...