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Premier bantamweights Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire have disavowed any claims to a technical fight on February 19, promising their much-anticipated showdown to be an all-out war.

The two fighters greeted media today at the Los Angeles leg of their press tour. Donaire, who’s last outing was an aggressive, stunning fourth KO of Volodymyr Sydorenko, claimed that he and Montiel have made a solemn vow to go for a KO win. Citing their even skills on paper, Donaire views this fight as a guarantee Fight of the Year candidate.

“We have a resolution together in terms of winning this fight. We don’t want to win this fight by decision,” Donaire explained. “Everyone knows we both have power and tremendous left hooks. I have tremendous speed, but he as a tremendous body shot. This is a good boxer-puncher matchup…the ingredients for this is A+.”

Hoping to compete with Showtime’s bantamweight tournament, Donaire and Montiel’s matchup will be the first time in recent memory that HBO showcases the 118 pound division. While Donaire acknowledges there is an intense rivalry with Montiel, he states trash-talking won’t be necessary to sell this contest.

“It’s going to be fireworks. Not only that, the undercard is great as well,” Donaire stated. “That night is going to be fighters who are willing to take their lives and give it all, no matter the outcome…With Mexican and Filipino fighters there’s not a lot of crap talked about each other. It’s about respect.

Fernando Montiel fought four times in 2010, knocking out each opponent he faced. He expects to take heavy punishment against Donaire, and hints it’ll take at least two fights to settle matters between them.

“It’s definitely going to be a war…I’ve never fought a fighter as complete as Nonito,” Montiel conceded. “I would like this fight to exceed expectations and be a war: I drop him, he drops me, I cut him, he cuts me. If it ends being two or three fights with him, I don’t mind. I’m willing to do any and everything.”

Despite all the talk of war from each fighter, Montiel acknowledged the technical prowess between them, citing Leonard-Hearns-I as a possible blueprint to their championship showdown.

“I see this fight like Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns because of the height of Nonito,” he stated. “But he has speed, and I have speed. ..It’s going to be a sensational fight.”

Donaire is challenging for Montiel’s WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. Tickets are on sale now at Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay, ranging from $25-$250.

Donaire-Montiel will air live February 19 on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Start time is 9:45 PM EST.

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Next weekend (December 11), four of the top bantamweights in boxing will face off in a Showtime-sponsored tournament. But last night (December 4), Nonito Donaire sent a message to that group and boxing fans with a merciless drubbing of solid contender Volodymyr Sydorenko.

Donaire would say later that he was highly motivated to impress going into a February 2011 showdown with Fernando Montiel. the Filipino Flash hurt Sydorenko badly with a counter left hook, the same shot that gave him his signature victory over Vic Darchinyan. Donaire  followed-up by repeatedly driving his straight right into Sydorenko’s reddening face. A Donaire left uppercut-straight right dropped him hard, and only the bell saved Sydorenko from a  first round KO.

Sydorenko never stopped trying. He caught Donaire with a nice right hook, and continued trying to slip inside. The problem was he couldn’t avoid Donaire’s speed and power. Sydorenko was hurt again, this time from a left uppercut-left hook. In the third, Sydorenko found himself on the mat again from a step back left hook over his slow lead right. With a swelling right eye and probable broken nose, it was a surprising that Sydorenko was able to even make it out of the round.

He would have no such luck in the fourth. Donaire missed a left hook, but landed a jarring straight right  that forced Sydorenko to take a knee. His broken nose flowed with blood, and the referee wisely put an end to the massacre.

Many fighters come into stay busy fights with their foot off the gas. Donaire explained that his upcoming showdown with Fernando Montiel fueled the aggression fans viewed last night.

“I have the February fight with Montiel. I’m really, really motivated,” Donaire said. “I can dominate anybody when I’m at 100%.”

Donaire improves his record to 25-1 (17 KOs), while Volodymyr Sydorenko suffers his first knockout loss, and falls to 22-3-2 (7 KOs).

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This was the best performance of Top Rank’s “In Harm’s Way” pay-per-view, eclipsing Humberto Soto’s main event decision win over Urbano Antillon. Donaire made him look like one, but Sydorenko is no pushover. The tough Ukrainian is a former WBA titlist who’s made seven defenses. It’s a shame that Donaire is not in next week’s tournament. But the Montiel match is an excellent substitute, and the winner will be a lock to face the winner of the tournament by the end of 2011. Finally, after years of treading water, it looks like Donaire’s career has gotten back on track.

Photo Credit: Chris Farina

Top Rank fighters Julio Cesar Chavez  (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and Alfonso Gomez  (22-4-2, 11 KOs) officially announced their December 4 main event matchup with a press conference in Anaheim, California.

The bout headlines a Top Rank PPV dubbed “In Harm Way,” a move that happened after Miguel Cotto decided not to face Chavez and sit out the rest of year. HBO was interested in airing Chavez-Cotto, but declined to keep a TV date for Chavez after Cotto’s decision.

Chavez has been criticized by many for amassing a padded record. In his last bout, he broke that mold with a strong showing and clear decision win against tough contender John Duddy. In Gomez, Chavez sees another rugged fighter and expects the fans to witness a great fight.

“I have followed his career” said Chávez Jr. stated at the press conference. “I know he’s a great fighter with a lot of experience and a lot of heart. I’m very happy to be the main event on this card, along side great champions and future champions. The real winners on the night of the fight are going to be the fans.”

Alfonso Gomez’s most well-known fights are victories over badly faded versions of Arturo Gatti and Jose Luis Castillo. His biggest step up in class was a 2008 welterweight fight against Miguel Cotto, which saw Gomez dominated and stopped after several knockdowns.

Gomez is moving up to junior middleweight to face a noticeably larger Chavez. But Gomez showed no lack of confidence, as he performed a battle rap over Lil Wayne’s “Gonorrhea.”

The undercard features WBC lightweight titlist Humberto Soto vs. Urbano Antillion, and Nonito Donaire vs. Volodymyr Sydorenko.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (October 8 ) with a price range of $30-$200 at Ticketmaster. The fight card also airs live on PPV starting at 9PM on December 4.

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Great, yet another PPV. It would have been nice to see Chavez-Cotto in December, but I’m certain we’ll have that bout in early 2011. In the meantime, Chavez gets a stay busy bout against a fighter he’ll outweigh considerably on fight night. Gomez will come to fight, but he’ll have quite the uphill battle trying to hurt Chavez with his punches. And since Gomez likes to mix it up on the inside, the odds aren’t there that’ll he’ll be able to outbox Chavez.

The big disappointment on this card I see is Nonito Donaire. We’re about three years removed from his sensational knockout over Vic Darchinyan, and Donaire’s career has basically floundered with no further matchups against elite fighters. He was the first fighter asked to participate in Showtime’s upcoming bantamweight tournament (which includes Vic Darchinyan, Abner Mares, Joseph Agbeko, and Yonnhy Perez). But his promoter Bob Arum, citing the format and purse amount, declined to let him participate.

Donaire’s manager, Cameron Dunkin, is on record stating if his fighter wins on December 4, he will face Fernando Montiel next. That would be a great matchup and give the bantamweight tournament winner their next logical opponent. It makes too much sense, so we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed that nobody starts fussing over purse splits and other matters.