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SUPERNOVA: Nonito Donaire TKO2 Fernando Montiel

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Nonito Donaire showed what a star turn in the ring is supposed to look like when he demolished ringwise Fernando Montiel in the second round via electrifying TKO last night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The time of the stoppage was 2:25. By Carlos Acevedo

Keeping Promises: Fernando Montiel-Nonito Donaire Preview

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While Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire are promising fireworks Saturday night in Las Vegas, devoted boxing fans are hoping their bout doesn’t evoke memories of a similar matchup four and a half years ago: Montiel’s last HBO showcase, a much anticipated but brutally disappointing 2006 clash against Jhonny Gonzalez. By Michael Nelson.

Donaire to face Montiel in November

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Well, this is more like it. Today, Nonito Donaire posted on his facebook that Bob Arum is in the process of finalizing a bout between him and 118 pound titlist Fernando Montiel in November. Montiel had a bout scheduled for next month against Rafael Concepcion, but it seems that the bout may be off. This could be the challenge that Donaire has been looking for. Montiel was on the fringes of the pound for pound top 10 for a while, but had fallen off some before his stunning upset of Hozumi Hasegawa. However, even a faded Montiel would easily be among Donaire's toughest two fights of his career, which may help justify his absurd #4 position on the Ring's pound for pound list.

Japanese Scene: Hasegawa/Montiel - Nishioka Targets Munroe & Poonsawat - Takahiro Aoh

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Sidney Boquiren of The Boxing Bulletin has all the latest Japanese boxing news. Zanfer Promotions’ Fernando Beltran, co-promoter of newly crowned unified Bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, is open to the possibility of a rematch with Hozumi Hasegawa should his fighter get through an initial defense. Beltran was quoted Sunday saying, "Both men are highly skilled and it was an even fight. Montiel ended up being lucky, but (I think) we should have a rematch with Hasegawa." Sports Hochi was told that Montiel himself shares the same intentions. Read the rest here...

At what point do you just cancel the card?

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Fernando Montiel has gotten injured, and his fight with Eric Morel is being postponed for the second time. Jorge Arce will be stepping in his place on the Latin Fury 9 card, facing Fernando Lumacad. At some point, Bob Arum should just say "screw it" and call the card off. What was once a promising card has been decimated. Edwin Valero refused to sign the dotted line, Mike Alvarado pulled out against Paulie Malignaggi and now the most compelling fight that was left has been struck from the card. Instead, you get a Juan Manuel Lopez showcase fight, a showcase fight with a severely faded Jorge Arce, Vanes Matirosyan against light-hitting gatekeeper Andrey Tsurkan, and what promises to be a complete snoozer between Yuri Foreman and Cornelius Bundrage. Not only are Latinos not involved in half the card, but I fail to see the fury either. If Big Bob still plans on charging more than 30 bucks for this farce, he should be ashamed of himself.

Dan Rafael in Vegas: Lots of matchups being discussed

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Dan Rafael's blog mentions the following fights being discussed this weekend in Las Vegas: * Ricky Hatton v. the Oscar/Manny winner, obviously * Juan Manuel Lopez and Ivan Calderon possible for the Pavlik/Cotto PPV card in February * Fernando Montiel v. Nonito Donaire in March on Showtime * Winky Wright v. Mikkel Kessler in March/April on HBO * Winky v. Joe Calzaghe (highly unlikely) * Sergio Martinez v. Joe Greene as a co-feature for Berto-Collazo * Jesus Chavez v. Joel Casamayor, Jorge Barrios or Michael Katsidis on Versus in '09

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