Montiel/Donaire fight preview, boxing rankings and schedule

February 17, 2011 |

     If there are any boxing fans still left out there or you want to give boxing another chance. I suggest you tune into HBO on Saturday night for the Bantamweight title fight between Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire. It isn’t just for the WBC and WBO belts, but it is also for supremacy in the division.

Showtime has been putting on a bantamweight tournament, with the final in April. The only problem is the winner will only be the third best bantamweight in the world. The top guy will be decided on Saturday. You have the defending champion Fernando Montiel of Mexico with a record of 44-2-2. he won his first title over 10 years ago at the tender age of 21. He suffered a slight lull, after he lost that belt to Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson in 2003; but in the last few years has been on a tear destroying people in the bantamweight division. His opponent the Filipino Nonito Donaire is moving up from Jr. Bantamweight with a record of 25-1. His only loss came 9 years ago in his second pro fight.

    The knock on bantamweights has always been that even though there fights are action-packed, they usually seem to be hitting with pillows not bricks. These guys are different. Montiel and Donaire both have 9 Ko’s in their last 11 fights. This has included good competition like Hozumi Hasegawa and Vic Darchinyan.

   This promises to be an exciting fight with hopefully a definitive conclusion. It is certainly a tough fight to judge. Montiel is probably the better technical boxer. Donaire, like his countryman Pacquiao, has the superior workrate. They both hit hard for their size. The final determination will probably who has the stamina and constitution to keep up their attack in the late rounds. Since he is just a little younger and fresher, I am going to go with Donaire by late KO. Of course , I wouldn’t be surprised by any other result.

    It should be good, so don’t miss it.


     Here are my current rankings in each division. I call it the Lambert Boxing Federation. Very Humble of me, I know. I only like to have one champion per division and since reality won’t ever allow that, i have to do it myself. Since I use the th3 Ric Flair philosophy of you have to beat the man to be the man, sometimes the guy I think is best isn’t my champion. It’s whoever beat the previous man. So anyway, here goes.

              Heavyweight 200+    Cruiserweight 200          Lt.Heavyweight 175
Ch:    Wladimir Klitschko      Steve Cunningham              Jean Pascal

        1. Vitali Klitschko                 Marco Huck                  Bernard Hopkins

        2. Alexander Povetkin    Guillermo Jones                 Zsolt Erdei

       3. David Haye                    Krzystof Wlodarczyk          Tavoris Cloud             

      4. Tomasz Adamek                   Danny Green                  Chad Dawson

       5. Odlanier Solis                   Yoan Hernandez              Jurgen Brahmer


        Super Middleweight 168    Middleweight 160     Jr. Middleweight 154

  Ch: Andre Ward                         Sergio Martinez                Sergei Dzindziruk

     1. Lucien Bute                         Felix Sturm                           Miguel Cotto

   2. Mikkel Kessler                       Paul Williams                     Alfredo Angulo

    3. Carl Froch                           Sebastian Zbik                Vanes Martirosyan

      4. Andre Dirrell                      Dmitry Pirog                        Saul Alvarez

    5. Robert Stieglitz             Sebastien Sylvester          Cornelius Bundrage


            Welterweight 147     Jr. Welterweight 140           Lightweight 135

   Ch: Floyd Mayweather       Timothy Bradley       Juan Manuel Marquez

        1. Manny Pacquiao                Amir Khan                      Humberto Soto

         2. Andre Berto               Marcos Maidana                 Robert Guerrero

       3. Shane Mosley               Devon Alexander                Miguel Acosta

       4. Jan Zaveck                             Zab Judah                       Miguel Vazquez

       5. Mike Jones                       Andreas Kotelnik                Brandon Rios



        Jr.Lightweight 130          Featherweight 126       Jr.Featherweight 122

     Ch: Ricky Burns                        Chris John                         Toshiaki Nishioka

     1. Jorge Linares               Yuriorkis Gamboa                 Wilfredo Vazquez

  2. Takashi Uchiyama       Juan Manuel Lopez          Guillermo Rigondeaux

       3. Jorge Solis                            Elio Rojas                          Steve Molitor

  4. Takahiro Aoh                   Hozumi Hasegawa                  Teon Kennedy

   5. Jason Litzau                         Rafael Marquez                    Akifumi Shimoda


             Bantamweight 118      Jr.Bantamweight 115          Flyweight 112

      Ch: Fernando Montiel         Hugo Cazares                      Daiki Kameda

       1. Nonito Donaire              Omar Narvaez           Pongsaklek Wonjongkam

         2. Abner Mares               Cristian Mijares                    Moruti Mthalane

      3. Anselmo Moreno              Tomas Rojas                       Daisuke Naito

     4. Joseph Agbeko              Drian Francisco                      Julio Miranda

      5. Vic Darchinyan             Raul Martinez                        Milan Melindo


                  Jr.Flyweight 108               Strawweight 105

        Ch: Luis Lazarte                              Kazuto Ioka

             1. Giovanni Segura                Nkosinathi Joyi

              2. Roman Gonzalez               Donnie Nietes

              3. Ivan Calderon                        Raul Garcia

             4. Ulises Solis                 Kwanthai Sithmorseng

             5. Gilberto Keb Baas     Pornsawan Porpramook


                                         Upcoming big fights (LBF fights in bold)

2/19        Fernado Montiel   vs. Nonito Donaire     Bantamweight

                          Felix Sturm      vs.    Ronald Hearns        Middleweight

3/5            Zab Judah           vs.     Kaizer Mabuza          Jr. welterweight

                    Saul Alvarez       vs.      Matthew Hatton        Jr. middleweight

3/12      Sergio Martinez  vs.   Sergei  Dzinziruk    Middleweight

                 Ricky Burns        vs.     Joseph Laryea    Jr. lightweight

                   Miguel Cotto        vs.    Ricardo Mayorga       Jr. middleweight

3/19         Lucien Bute     vs.   Brian Magee         Super middleweight

                    Vitali Klitschko    vs.   Odlanier Solis     Heavyweight

3/26             Yuriorkis Gamboa  vs.  Jorge Solis    Featherweight

4/2             Giovanni Segura        vs.     Ivan Calderon     Jr. flyweight

                       Marco Huck     vs.   Giaccobe Fragomeni    Cruiserweight

4/8   Toshiaki Nishioka  vs.  Mauricio Munoz   Jr. featherweight

4/9               Marcos Maidana    vs.   Erik Morales     Jr. welterweight

4/16            Juan Manuel Lopez   vs.  Orlando Salido    Featherweight

                            Andre Berto        vs.    Victor Ortiz           Welterweight

                       Amir Khan          vs.     Paul McCloskey        Jr. welterweight

4/17          Chris John   vs.  Daud Yordan     Featherweight

4/23          Joseph Agbeko    vs.  Abner Mares     Bantamweight

4/30         Wladimir Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora   Heavyweight

5/7                Manny Pacquiao     vs.     Shane Mosley    Welterweight

                       Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.      vs.     Jorge Arce     Jr. featherweight

                       Humberto Soto       vs.     Urbano Antillon        Lightweight

5/14        Andre Ward   vs.  Arthur Abraham   Super middleweight

 5/21       Jean Pascal   vs.  Bernard Hopkins    Lt. heavyweight

                    Carl Froch        vs.   Glen Johnson                Super middleweight