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MONTIEL CLAIMS HE’S NOT SCARED TO FIGHT GORRES IN MANILA

By Ronnie Nathanielsz
PhilBoxing.com
06 Dec 2006

WBO super flyweight champion Fernando Montiel says he’s not scared about defending his title against OPBF champion Z “The Dream” Gorres in Manila.

In an interview with Enqrique Yepiz on Fight News, Montiel said he has already been studying Gorres’ style on some fight tapes. Montiel said “He (Gorres) is left handed and Manny Pacquiao styled but I’m confident that I’ll be victorious.” The
Mexican world champion said he wanted to make it clear that he “ never avoided anybody” and that always when he was offered to fight someone, he accepted. Montiel said if he didn’t accept it was because they were offering him a “poor purse” which he said was “not fair.”

Montiel was angry over the fact that Golden Boy Promotions who handles his career was beaten in the November 27 purse bid by the ALA Gym’s Sammy Gello-ani whose $126,000 bid was $500 more than the bid of Bob Arum’s Top Rank which was $125,500 while Golden Boy’s bid was $100,000.

Montiel said “that hurts because Bob Arum who has nothing to do with my career offered more” than his own promoter Golden Boy.

The champion said he originally didn’t accept the offer to fight the mandatory challenger Gorres because he was offered “less than little money” which was $50,000. He said he was treated like a novice and not like the fighter who was world champion in two different classes. Montiel said he was disappointed over the attitude of Golden Boy vice president and international matchmaker Eric Gomez adding “it seems Golden Boy Promotions became my enemy inexplicably.”

The hard-hitting champion who may fight the flashy southpaw in a huge World Cup fight card between the Philippines and Mexico planned for February at the Araneta Coliseum said he was not sure about whether his contract with Golden Boy Promotions had expired. He said “I already feel I am out of the enterprise and if it happens I’ll look for something else.”

Under WBC rules Montiel will have to defend his title against mandatory challenger Gorres otherwise he will be stripped of the title and Gorres will be matched against the No. 2 contender for the interim title.


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