Photo by Suzanne Teresa/ Premier Boxing Champions
Saturday night, April 30, 2016, veteran Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs), who has held world titles in three weight classes: flyweight, junior bantamweight and bantamweight, took on Jorge “Pilón” Lara (27-0-2, 19 KOs) in the opening bout on the undercard of Ortiz vs. Berto II.
Last October, Montiel took on Featherweight titlist Lee Selby, though he fought his heart out–he came up short, losing the bout via unanimous decision. But the veteran Montiel wasn’t hesitant in any way when he was presented the opportunity to fight Lara.
Building up to the fight, Montiel spoke of how great an opportunity this fight is for him and how it will allow him to show that he belongs at the highest level of boxing.
“This is a tough fight. I will be facing a young, undefeated fighter who is hungry to prove himself, and I know how that feels because I was in his shoes once,” said Montiel.
While Montiel was looking to use this fight to prove he is here to stay, with no plans of throwing in the towel. Lara wanted this fight because, to be a world champion, he knows he has to beat fighters like Montiel.
[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered”]I respect my opponent, but right now he is in my way and nothing is going to stop me. Montiel has been around a long time. He has been a world champion and he comes to fight. I’ve studied him and watched him fight before. I feel I know him very well. I have a plan for how I’m going to get to him. I am very well prepared. I’m not worried about his experience. I’ve trained hard to be ready and I know what I have to do on fight night.[/otw_shortcode_quote]
Within the first few seconds of the fight, it was clear that Lara was going to be the aggressor. Lara was landing combinations, backing Montiel up against the ropes, where he landed a clean right-hook, leading to the first knockdown. Montiel struggled to get up, standing on wobbly legs; he stumbled to the corner and composed himself during the eight-count.
Lara came racing out of the corner, quickly dropping Montiel for the second time. Montiel seemed relatively unfazed by this knockdown but wasn’t shy about expressing his frustration to the referee about being hit in the back of the head.
Yet again Lara came charging off the ropes, hungry and ready to end this fight. Landing yet another short right-hook, scoring a third knockdown just after the two-minute mark.
After the third knockdown Montiel had some time to clear his head while referee commanded Lara to get back in the corner – warning him if he hits Montiel one more time while he is down, he is going to take a point away from him.
Both fighters came storming out of their corners, with no hesitation on either side. The fighters began to exchange punches in an all out brawl. But Lara’s aggression and right-hook would prove to be too much for Montiel.
The end of the fight came at one minute, 37 seconds in the first round – Lara improved his record to 28-0, with two draws, as he scored his 20th knockout against the man he called his idol. Both fighters came into this fight prepared and ready to prove themselves – but Lara’s speed, aggression, and right-hook was too much for veteran Montiel. It will be interesting to see what is next for both fighters.
Check out the highlights below: