Montiel eyes big KO vs Donaire

Posted at 02/15/11 9:00 PM

Fernando Montiel sweats it out at the top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Three-division boxing champion Fernando Montiel plans to knock out Filipino Nonito Donaire.

The “Filipino Flash” is favored in their bantamweight championship bout this Sunday, but this doesn't bother the Mexican champion. He knows what he can do.

In his 14 years as a professional boxer, Montiel has had 44 wins, 34 of them by knockout. He also has 2 losses and 2 draws.

Against Donaire, the Mexican is looking for another spectacular victory, nothing less than a knockout.

Last year, Montiel knocked out Filipino Ciso Morales in the first round.

He also KO'd Japanese Hozumi Hasegawa in front of his hometown crowd.

Montiel worked out Monday evening at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, showing good hands speed and moving with a lot of confidence.

The Mexican says he is in top shape, both physically and mentally, for what he calls the most important fight of his career.

Donaire did half hour of roadwork Monday morning and is just as confident he can do damage on Montiel.

Nonito Donaire jogging under the hot Las Vegas sun.

Donaire says he goes to sleep visualizing what he will do come fight night. He also sees the Mexican going down.

"'Pag natutulog ako, nagti-twich and kamay ko eh," said the Filipino Flash.

"Mas magandang [maka-]knockout kasi more satisfying sa akin 'yun eh. Maganda yun kasi you'll have dalawang fighters na gustong knockout eh. So ang makikita sa laban na 'yun, action packed," he added.

Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas for Mr. and Mrs. Donaire was simple: a big bunch of red roses from hubby Nonito to wife Rachel.

With 5 days to go before the world title fight, training and preparation are still their number one priority.

Donaire and Montiel are reserving the big celebration after the fight.

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