Thunderdome: Montiel vs. Donaire

by Nat Gottlieb

Photo: Top Rank

Although Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire's fight on Feb. 19 is scheduled for 12 rounds, each feels confident of putting down his opponent well before the final bell rings. Will it be Donaire, the Filipino whose stunning 5th round stoppage of previously unbeaten Vic Darchinyan in 2007 was named "Knockout of the Year"? Or pint-size Fernando Montiel, who hits with the kick of mule and is one of the most feared punchers in the game?