Fernando Montiel

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Fernando Montiel
Real nameFernando Montiel Martínez
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Reach66 12 in (169 cm)
Born (1979-03-01) March 1, 1979 (age 40)
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Boxing record
Total fights62
Wins by KO39

Fernando Montiel Martínez (born March 1, 1979) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a multiple-time former world champion in three weight classes, having held the WBO flyweight title from 2001 to 2002, the WBO junior bantamweight title twice between 2002 and 2008, and the unified WBC and WBO bantamweight titles from 2010 to 2011.

Early life[edit]

Fernando Montiel is the youngest child of Manuel Montiel Sr., a former professional boxer and Fernando's current trainer. Fernando has four brothers that are former professional boxers: Eduardo Montiel, Alejandro Felix Montiel, Pedro Montiel and Manuel Montiel Jr. Fernando learned the sport of boxing in his father's gym located in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico alongside fellow boxer, Jorge "Travieso" Arce.

Regarding his nickname, Fernando has explained that one of his father's sister could not pronounce his father's name, Manuel de Jesus, when she was of younger age, so she called her brother "Cochul." The nickname was later on passed to Fernando in diminutive form, since "Cochulito" roughly translates into "Little Cochul." The nickname has no relation to a rooster, as many have argued.

Professional career[edit]

Early years at flyweight[edit]

Montiel made his professional debut on December 6, 1996, at the age of 16. He accumulated a record of 20–0–1, which included a win over future champion Cruz Carbajal, before challenging WBO Flyweight Champion Isidro García. Montiel won the bout by seventh-round TKO to become champion at age 20. He defended the Flyweight title three times against Olympic medalist Zoltan Lunka, former champion Juan Domingo Córdoba and future champion Jose "Carita" Lopez.

Super flyweight[edit]

In his next bout, Montiel moved up to the super flyweight division and defeated WBO Champion Pedro Alcázar. He defended the super flyweight title against Roy Doliguez and also defeated former champion Ruben Sánchez León, but then lost the title to Mark Johnson by majority decision.

Montiel won all three of his bouts in 2004 then regained the WBO title by knocking out champion Ivan Hernández, who had recently knocked out Johnson. Montiel defended his super flyweight title against Evert Briceno (21–2) and Pramuansak Posuwan (29–0–1). In his next bout, he moved up to the bantamweight division and challenged WBO Champion Jhonny Gonzalez, but lost the bout by split decision. Montiel returned to the super flyweight division and continued defending his title by defeating Z Gorres (26–1–1), Cecilio Santos (22–7–2), Luis Melendez (25–2–1), and former champion Martín Castillo (33–2–0). On May 31, 2008, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Montiel defeated Luis Maldonado by third-round technical knockout to successfully defend his WBO title for the eighth time. Montiel knocked Maldonado down in rounds one and three and the bout was stopped during Montiel's follow-up barrage.[1]


WBO champion[edit]

In his next match, he moved up to the bantamweight division and defeated future champion Juan Alberto Rosas. On March 28, 2009, he defeated Diego Oscar Silva (24–1–3) by third round knock out to win the Interim WBO Bantamweight title. On April 25, Montiel became a three division champion after being elevated to full Bantamweight Champion.[2]

On September 12, 2009, Montiel faced fellow Mexican Alejandro Valdez (21–3–2) at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit. The bout ended via technical draw at the 3rd round. On February 13, 2010, Montiel defeated Filipino prospect Ciso Morales (14–0) via KO at the 1st round, successfully defending his WBO Bantamweight title.[3]

Unified WBC and WBO champion[edit]

On April 30, 2010, Montiel faced WBC Bantamweight Champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Tokyo, Japan. Montiel, who was a heavy underdog leading up to the bout, knocked out Hasegawa in the fourth round, putting an end to the Japanese fighter's 5-year title reign. With the win, Montiel unified the WBC and WBO Bantamweight titles.[4]

On October 30, 2010, Montiel successfully defended his titles against Rafael Concepción. Montiel dropped Concepcion to the canvas twice in the second round before knocking him out in the third round.[5]

Losing the titles to Donaire[edit]

On October 4, 2010, promoter Bob Arum announced that Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire are on course for a February 19, 2011 bout. Before his bout with Donaire, Fernando had a 10-round non-title bout against fellow Mexican Jovanny Soto, on December 10, 2010 in Saltillo, Coahuila. Montiel defeated Soto via KO in the second round.

On February 19, 2011, the fight against Nonito Donaire took place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Montiel suffered his first TKO loss in the second round.

Further setbacks[edit]

Montiel announced in the Mexican media that he would return to the ring in the super bantamweight division, as he had difficulties making the 118 pound bantamweight limit during his fight against Donaire. He rebounded with wins over future champion Nehomar Cermeno and Alvaro Perez, then faced Victor Terrazas for the vacant WBC Silver Super Bantamweight title, but was defeated by 12 round decision in what was considered an upset.

After putting together an 8 fight winning streak, during which he moved up to the Featherweight division and secured a win over former champion Cristobal Cruz, he faced Lee Selby for the IBF World Featherweight Title but lost a 12 round decision. In his following fight, Montiel suffered a first round knockout loss to Jorge Lara.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
62 fights 54 wins 6 losses
By knockout 39 2
By decision 15 4
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
62 Loss 54–6–2 Mexico Jorge Lara KO 1 (10), 1:37 Apr 30, 2016 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.
61 Loss 54–5–2 United Kingdom Lee Selby UD 12 Oct 14, 2015 United States Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona, U.S. For IBF featherweight title
60 Win 54–4–2 Philippines Rogelio Jun Doliguez UD 10 Mar 14, 2015 Mexico Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico
59 Win 53–4–2 Mexico Sergio Puente UD 10 Nov 8, 2014 Mexico Gimnasio Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico
58 Win 52–4–2 Mexico Jesus Antonio Rios KO 1 (10), 1:36 Jul 26, 2014 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Villaflores, Mexico
57 Win 51–4–2 Mexico Cristóbal Cruz MD 10 Mar 15, 2014 Mexico Palenque, Mexico
56 Win 50–4–2 Philippines Jaderes Padua KO 3 (12), 1:12 Jun 22, 2013 Mexico Hotel Azul, Zihuatanejo, Mexico Retained WBC–USNBC Silver super bantamweight title
55 Win 49–4–2 Mexico Giovanni Caro UD 12 Nov 24, 2012 Mexico Gimnasio Municipal "Josué Neri Santos", Ciudad Juárez, Mexico Won vacant WBC–USNBC Silver super bantamweight title
54 Win 48–4–2 Mexico Arturo Santos Reyes SD 12 Jun 9, 2012 Mexico Gimnasio Manual Bernardo Aguirre, Chihuahua, Mexico
53 Win 47–4–2 Indonesia Angky Angkotta KO 9 (10), 2:32 Mar 3, 2012 Mexico Mazatlán, Mexico
52 Loss 46–4–2 Mexico Victor Terrazas UD 12 Nov 19, 2011 Mexico Estadio Centenario, Los Mochis, Mexico For vacant WBC Silver super bantamweight title
51 Win 46–3–2 Nicaragua Alvaro Perez KO 3 (10), 1:26 Aug 20, 2011 Mexico La Cetto Vineyard, Guadalupe, Mexico
50 Win 45–3–2 Venezuela Nehomar Cermeño RTD 3 (12), 0:10 Jun 25, 2011 Mexico Estadio Banorte, Culiacán, Mexico
49 Loss 44–3–2 Philippines Nonito Donaire TKO 2 (12), 2:25 Feb 19, 2011 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC and WBO bantamweight titles
48 Win 44–2–2 Mexico Jovanny Soto KO 2 (10), 2:29 Dec 10, 2010 Mexico Gimnasio Municipal, Saltillo, Mexico
47 Win 43–2–2 Panama Rafael Concepción KO 3 (12), 1:07 Jul 17, 2010 Mexico Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico Retained WBC and WBO bantamweight titles
46 Win 42–2–2 Japan Hozumi Hasegawa TKO 4 (12), 2:59 Apr 30, 2010 Japan Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan Won WBC bantamweight title
45 Win 41–2–2 Philippines Ciso Morales TKO 1 (12), 2:06 Feb 13, 2010 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO bantamweight title
44 Draw 40–2–2 Mexico Alejandro Valdez TD 3 (10) Sep 12, 2009 Mexico Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Mexico
43 Win 40–2–1 Argentina Diego Oscar Silva KO 3 (12) 2:44 Mar 28, 2009 Mexico Bullring by the Sea, Tijuana, Mexico Won WBO interim bantamweight title
42 Win 39–2–1 Mexico Juan Alberto Rosas UD 10 Nov 2, 2008 Mexico Feria Nacional de San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Mexico
41 Win 38–2–1 Mexico Luis Maldonado TKO 3 (12) 2:58 May 31, 2008 Mexico Plaza de Toros Monumental "El Paseo", San Luis Potosí, Mexico Retained WBO junior bantamweight title
40 Win 37–2–1 Mexico Martín Castillo KO 4 (12) 1:56 Feb 16, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO junior bantamweight title
39 Win 36–2–1 Colombia Luis Melendez TKO 12 (12), 1:58 Oct 4, 2007 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO junior bantamweight title
38 Win 35–2–1 Mexico Cecilio Santos TKO 10 (12) 2:15 Jul 14, 2007 Mexico Explanada Tecate, Ciudad Obregón, Mexico Retained WBO junior bantamweight title
37 Win 34–2–1 Philippines Z Gorres SD 12 Feb 24, 2007 Philippines Sports Complex, Cebu City, Philippines Retained WBO junior bantamweight title
36 Loss 33–2–1 Mexico Jhonny González SD 12 May 27, 2006 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. For WBO bantamweight title
35 Win 33–1–1 Thailand Pramuansak Posuwan UD 12 Oct 29, 2005 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S. Retained WBO junior bantamweight title
34 Win 32–1–1 Nicaragua Everth Briceno UD 12 Jul 16, 2005 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO junior bantamweight title
33 Win 31–1–1 Mexico Ivan Hernández KO 7 (12) 1:48 Apr 9, 2005 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S. Won WBO junior bantamweight title
32 Win 30–1–1 Colombia Reynaldo Hurtado KO 7 (10) 1:30 Sep 3, 2004 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
31 Win 29–1–1 Mexico Samuel Lopez KO 3 (10) 2:02 Apr 29, 2004 United States Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
30 Win 28–1–1 Mexico Roberto Lopez TKO 3 (10) 2:38 Jan 16, 2004 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
29 Loss 27–1–1 United States Mark Johnson MD 12 Aug 16, 2003 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S. Lost WBO junior bantamweight title
28 Win 27–0–1 Mexico Ruben Sánchez León TKO 2 (10) 3:00 May 9, 2003 United States Sports Arena, San Diego, California, U.S.
27 Win 26–0–1 Philippines Roy Doliguez TKO 2 (12) Jan 18, 2003 Mexico Estadio Emilio Ibarra Almada, Los Mochis, Mexico Retained WBO junior bantamweight title
26 Win 25–0–1 Panama Pedro Alcázar TKO 6 (12) 1:16 Jun 22, 2002 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO junior bantamweight title
25 Win 24–0–1 Puerto Rico José López UD 12 Sep 8, 2001 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO flyweight title
24 Win 23–0–1 Argentina Juan Domingo Cordoba KO 1 (12) 2:15 May 25, 2001 Mexico Discoteca El Alebrije, Acapulco, Mexico Retained WBO flyweight title
23 Win 22–0–1 Germany Zoltan Lunka TKO 7 (12) 2:03 Mar 24, 2001 Germany Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, Munich, Germany Retained WBO flyweight title
22 Win 21–0–1 Mexico Isidro García TKO 7 (12) 2:15 Dec 15, 2000 Mexico Centro de Espectáculos Modelo, Ciudad Obregón, Mexico Won WBO flyweight title
21 Win 20–0–1 Mexico Osvaldo Guerrero KO 8 Sep 8, 2000 Mexico Gimnasio Municipal, Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
20 Win 19–0–1 Mexico Cruz Carbajal TKO 4 Apr 14, 2000 Mexico Los Mochis, Mexico
19 Win 18–0–1 Mexico Armando Correa KO 5 Mar 17, 2000 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
18 Win 17–0–1 Mexico Sergio Millan PTS 10 Dec 3, 1999 Mexico Los Mochis, Mexico
17 Win 16–0–1 Mexico Ruben Diaz PTS 12 Sep 11, 1999 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico Won vacant WBA North American super flyweight title
16 Win 15–0–1 Mexico Cesar Ricardo Martinez KO 5 Apr 16, 1999 Mexico Auditorio Benito Juárez, Los Mochis, Mexico
15 Win 14–0–1 Mexico Jose Alonso UD 10 Jan 29, 1999 Mexico Gimnasio Municipal, Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
14 Win 13–0–1 Mexico Paulino Villalobos UD 10 Oct 9, 1998 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
13 Draw 12–0–1 Mexico Paulino Villalobos PTS 10 Jul 31, 1998 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Javier Varguez PTS 10 Jun 5, 1998 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Leonardo Rodriguez KO 3 Mar 20, 1998 Mexico Los Mochis, Mexico
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Jose Manuel Navarro KO 1 Feb 13, 1998 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Lorenzo Trejo TKO 7 Dec 5, 1997 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Hugo Hernandez TKO 1 Oct 10, 1997 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Jesus Rodriguez TKO 1 Jul 18, 1997 Mexico Los Mochis, Mexico
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Martin Robles KO 2 May 16, 1997 Mexico Navojoa, Mexico
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Manuel Vega KO 3 Apr 30, 1997 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Maury Ayala KO 1 Apr 18, 1997 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Noe Acosta TKO 2 Mar 20, 1997 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Marcos Mendivil KO 1 Feb 28, 1997 Mexico Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Manuel Tamayo TKO 2 Dec 6, 1996 Mexico Los Mochis, Mexico Professional debut

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Montiel KOs Maldonado!". Fightnews.com. 2008-06-01. Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  2. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=19949
  3. ^ Vester, Mark (2010-02-13). "Fernando Montiel Destroys Ciso Morales in One Round". BoxingScene.com.
  4. ^ Vester, Mark (2010-04-30). "Fernando Montiel Knocks Hozumi Hasegawa Out To Unify". BoxingScene.com.
  5. ^ Soto, Rafael (July 17, 2010). "Fernando Montiel Demolishes Rafael Concepcion in Three". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved July 18, 2010.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title WBA North American
super flyweight champion

September 11, 1999 – December 2000
Title discontinued
super bantamweight champion

September 24, 2012 – March 2014
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Isidro García
WBO flyweight champion
December 15, 2000 – May 2002
Succeeded by
Adonis Rivas
promoted from interim status
Preceded by
Pedro Alcázar
WBO junior bantamweight champion
July 22, 2002 – August 16, 2003
Succeeded by
Mark Johnson
Preceded by
Ivan Hernández
WBO junior bantamweight champion
April 9, 2005 – January 2009
Title next held by
José López
Title last held by
Jorge Eliécer Julio
WBO bantamweight champion
Interim title

March 28, 2009 – April 25, 2009
Title next held by
Eric Morel
Preceded by
Gerry Peñalosa
WBO bantamweight champion
April 25, 2009 – February 19, 2011
Succeeded by
Nonito Donaire
Preceded by
Hozumi Hasegawa
WBC bantamweight champion
April 30, 2010 – February 19, 2011