Montiel aims at fourth title

July, 21, 2014
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Mexico’s Fernando Montiel has won world titles in three weight classes -- flyweight, junior bantamweight and bantamweight -- and pines for one in a fourth division.

In the twilight of his 18-year professional career, Montiel, 35, has dreams of a world title at featherweight, where he is now campaigning.

With that goal in mind, Montiel (51-4-2, 38 KOs) returns to action to face Jesus Rios (30-5-1, 21 KOs), 30, of Mexico, on Saturday night (beIn Sports Espanol, 11 ET) in Villafores, Mexico.

“I want a fourth world title at featherweight,” Montiel said. “First I have to win on Saturday against Rios and then talk to my promoter Zanfer about making a title fight.”

Montiel has defeated opponents such as Isidro Garcia, the late Pedro Alcazar, Ivan Hernandez, Martin Castillo and Hozumi Hasegawa, and he has suffered losses to Nonito Donaire, Jhonny Gonzalez and Hall of Famer Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson.

Since a decision loss in November 2011 to Victor Terrazas, who later won a junior featherweight world title, Montiel has won five fights in a row.

He said he trains regularly, even when he doesn't have fight lined up, and has a dream fight before retiring.

"I'm always in the gym, no matter what, whether I have fights or not,” he said. “I always train in Los Mochis in the gym of my father and brothers preparing for whatever comes. I would love a fight with Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce. Hopefully, he will accept before we both retire from boxing.”

A Montiel-Arce fight would match two of the most decorated Mexican stars of the past decade.

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