Fernando Montiel

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Montiel and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.
Fernando Montiel
Real name Fernando Montiel Martínez
Nickname(s) "Cochulito"
Rated at Flyweight
Super Flyweight
Super Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1979-03-01) March 1, 1979 (age 37)
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 62
Wins 54
Wins by KO 39
Losses 6
Draws 2
No contests 0

Fernando Montiel Martínez (born March 1, 1979 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico) is a Mexican professional boxer. Fernando is a former WBO Flyweight, WBO Super Flyweight and WBO and WBC Bantamweight Champion.

Early life[edit]

Fernando "Cochulito" 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.

Boxing style[edit]

Fernando Montiel is a hybrid boxer, using accurate punches to slow down his opponent and using swift hand speed and quickness to frustrate his opponents. Montiel's fighting style employs the use of his agility and quick reflexes. He uses accurate punches and crisp 1–2–3 combos to get under the defenses of his opponents. He is also considered to be a "thinking fighter," using his natural boxing instincts, warrior's mentality, and technical boxing supremacy in taking apart his opponents.

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 Ivan Hernández, who had recently defeated 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]


The WBO title[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]

WBC/WBO unification[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]

Montiel vs. 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. Montiel, who kissed the canvas in the second round, reportedly had a hairline fracture and deep dent in the cheekbone where Donaire’s powerful left hook connected. Montiel reported from his native Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico that he did not suffer a fracture and did not have surgery.

Fernando Montiel has announced in Mexican media that he plans to return to the ring in the super bantamweight division, as he had difficulties making the 118 pounds required in the bantamweight division during his fight against Donaire.

Professional boxing record[edit]

54 Wins (39 knockouts, 15 decisions), 6 Losses (2 knockout, 4 decisions), 2 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 54-6-2 Mexico Jorge Lara KO 1 (10) 2016-04-30 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Loss 54-5-2 United Kingdom Lee Selby UD 12 2015-10-14 United States Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona For IBF Featherweight title.
Win 54-4-2 Philippines Rogelio Jun Doliguez UD 10 2015-03-14 Mexico Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 53-4-2 Mexico Sergio Puente UD 10 2014-11-08 Mexico Gimnasio Nuevo León, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Win 52-4-2 Mexico Jesús Antonio Ríos KO 1 (10), 1:36 2014-07-26 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Villaflores Chiapas, Mexico
Win 51-4-2 Mexico Cristóbal Cruz MD 10 (10) 2014-03-15 Mexico Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
Win 50-4-2 Philippines Jaderes Padua KO 3 (12), 1:12 2013-06-22 Mexico Hotel Azul Ixtapa, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico Retained WBC United States (USNBC) Silver Super bantamweight title.
Win 49-4-2 Mexico Giovanni Caro UD 12 (12) 2012-11-24 Mexico Gimnasio Municipal "Jose Neri Santos", Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico Won vacant WBC United States (USNBC) Silver Super bantamweight title.
Win 48-4-2 Mexico Arturo Santos Reyes SD 12 (12) 2012-06-09 Mexico Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Win 47-4-2 Indonesia Angky Angkota KO 9 (10) 2012-03-03 Mexico Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Loss 46-4-2 Mexico Victor Terrazas UD 12 (12) 2011-11-19 Mexico Estadio Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico For vacant WBC Silver Super Bantamweight title.
Win 46-3-2 Nicaragua Alvaro Perez KO 3 (10), 1:26 2011-08-20 Mexico La Cetto Vineyard, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
Win 45-3-2 Venezuela Nehomar Cermeño RTD 3 (10), 1:12 2011-06-25 Mexico Estadio Banorte, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Loss 44-3-2 Philippines Nonito Donaire TKO 2 (12) 2011-02-19 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC & WBO Bantamweight titles.
Win 44-2-2 Mexico Jovanny Soto KO 2 (10), 2:29 2010-12-10 Coahuila Gimnasio Municipal, Saltillo, Coahuila
Win 43-2-2 Panama Rafael Concepción KO 3 (12), 1:07 2010-07-17 Chiapas Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas Retained WBC & WBO Bantamweight titles.
Win 42-2-2 Japan Hozumi Hasegawa TKO 4 (12), 2:59 2010-04-30 Tokyo Nihon Budokan, Tokyo Won WBC Bantamweight title.
Win 41-2-2 Philippines Ciso Morales TKO 1 (12), 2:06 2010-02-13 Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBO Bantamweight title.
Draw 40-2-2 Mexico Alejandro Valdez TD 3 (10) 2009-09-12 Nayarit Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Nayarit
Win 40-2-1 Argentina Diego Oscar Silva KO 3 (12) 2:44 2009-03-28 Baja California Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California Won Interim WBO Bantamweight title.
Win 39-2-1 Mexico Juan Alberto Rosas UD 12 (12) 2008-11-02 Aguascalientes La Feria de San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
Win 38-2-1 Mexico Luis Maldonado TKO 3 (12) 2:58 2008-05-31 San Luis Potosí Plaza De Toros El Paseo, San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi Retained WBO Super Flyweight title.
Win 37-2-1 Mexico Martin Castillo KO 4 (12) 1:56 2008-02-16 Nevada MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Super Flyweight title.
Win 36-2-1 Colombia Luis Melendez TKO 12 (12) 1:58 2007-10-04 Nevada Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Super Flyweight title.
Win 35-2-1 Mexico Cecilio Santos TKO 10 (12) 2:15 2007-07-14 Sonora Explanada Tecate, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora Retained WBO Super Flyweight title.
Win 34-2-1 Philippines Z Gorres SD 12 (12) 2007-02-24 Philippines Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu Retained WBO Super Flyweight title.
Loss 33-2-1 Mexico Jhonny Gonzalez SD 12 (12) 2006-05-27 California Home Depot Center, Carson, California For WBO Bantamweight title.
Win 33-1-1 Thailand Pramuansak Posuwan UD 12 (12) 2005-10-29 Arizona Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona Retained WBO Super Flyweight title.
Win 32-1-1 Nicaragua Everth Briceno UD 12 (12) 2005-07-16 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Super Flyweight title.
Win 31–1–1 Mexico Ivan Hernández KO 7 (12) 1:48 2005-04-09 Texas Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas Won WBO Super Flyweight title.
Win 30-1-1 Colombia Reynaldo Hurtado KO 7 (10) 1:30 2004-09-03 Arizona Desert Diamond Casino, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 29-1-1 Mexico Samuel Lopez KO 3 (10) 2:02 2004-04-29 Texas Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas
Win 28-1-1 Mexico Roberto Lopez TKO 3 (10) 2:38 2004-01-16 Texas Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Loss 27-1-1 United States Mark Johnson MD 12 (12) 2003-08-16 Connecticut Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut Lost WBO Super Flyweight title.
Win 27-0-1 Mexico Ruben Sánchez León TKO 2 (10) 3:00 2003-05-09 California Sports Arena, San Diego, California
Win 26-0-1 Philippines Roy Doliguez TKO 2 (12) 2003-01-18 Sinaloa Estadio Emilo Ibarra Almada, Los Mochis, Sinaloa Retained WBO Super Flyweight title.
Win 25-0-1 Panama Pedro Alcazar TKO 6 (12) 1:16 2002-06-22 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBO Super Flyweight title.
Alcazar passes away 2002-06-24 due to an unrealized brain injury.
Win 24-0-1 Puerto Rico Jose Lopez UD 12 (12) 2001-09-08 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada Retained WBO Flyweight title.
Win 23-0-1 Argentina Juan Domingo Cordoba KO 1 (12) 2:15 2001-05-25 Mexico Discoteca El Alebrije, Acapulco, Guerrero Retained WBO Flyweight title.
Win 22-0-1 Germany Zoltan Lunka TKO 7 (12) 2:03 2001-03-24 Germany Rudi Sedlmayer Halle, Munich, Bayern Retained WBO Flyweight title.
Win 21-0-1 Mexico Isidro García TKO 7 (12) 2:15 2000-12-15 Mexico Centro de Espectaculos Modelo, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora Won WBO Flyweight title.
Win 20-0-1 Mexico Osvaldo Guerrero KO 8 2000-09-08 Sonora Gimnasio Municipal, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 19-0-1 Mexico Cruz Carbajal TKO 4 2000-04-14 Sinaloa Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Win 18-0-1 Mexico Armando Correa KO 5 2000-03-17 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Win 17-0-1 Mexico Sergio Millan PTS 10 1999-12-03 Sinaloa Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Win 16-0-1 Mexico Ruben Diaz PTS 12 1999-09-11 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora Won vacant WBA North American Super Flyweight title.
Win 15-0-1 Mexico Cesar Ricardo Martinez KO 5 1999-04-16 Sinaloa Auditorio Benito Juarez, Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Win 14-0-1 Mexico Jose Alonso UD 10 1999-01-29 Sonora Gimnasio Municipal, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 13-0-1 Mexico Paulino Villalobos UD 10 1998-10-09 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Draw 12-0-1 Mexico Paulino Villalobos PTS 10 1998-07-31 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 12–0 Mexico Javier Varguez PTS 10 1998-06-05 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 11–0 Mexico Leonardo Rodriguez KO 3 1998-03-20 Sinaloa Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Win 10–0 Mexico Jose Manuel Navarro KO 1 1998-02-13 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 9–0 Mexico Lorenzo Trejo TKO 7 1997-12-05 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 8–0 Mexico Hugo Hernandez TKO 1 1997-10-10 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 7–0 Mexico Jesus Rodriguez TKO 1 1997-07-18 Sinaloa Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Win 6–0 Mexico Martin Robles KO 2 1997-05-16 Sonora Navojoa, Sonora
Win 5–0 Mexico Manuel Vega KO 3 1997-04-30 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 4–0 Mexico Maury Ayala KO 1 1997-04-18 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 3–0 Mexico Noe Acosta TKO 2 1997-03-20 Sonora Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Win 2–0 Mexico Marcos Mendivil KO 1 1997-02-28 Sonora Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Win 1–0 Mexico Manuel Tamayo TKO 2 1996-12-06 Sonora Los Mochis, Sinaloa

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

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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Preceded by
Isidro García
WBO Flyweight Champion
December 15, 2000 – May 4, 2002
Title next held by
Adonis Rivas
Preceded by
Pedro Alcázar
WBO Super Flyweight Champion
July 22, 2002 – August 16, 2003
Succeeded by
Mark Johnson
Preceded by
Ivan Hernández
WBO Super Flyweight Champion
April 9, 2005 – March 28, 2009
Title next held by
José López
New title 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