MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Mexican boxing champion Fernando Montiel is preparing their ward against Nonito Donaire Jr.'s most potent weapons: speed and power.
“Donaire is a tremendous counter-puncher who will use his speed to try to stay out of Fernando’s power zone," said Montiel's brother and boxing trainer, Eduardo, in RingTV.com.
To counter Donaire's advantages, Eduardo said Montiel will have to apply constant pressure on the "Filipino Flash."
"We are making sure that Fernando understands that in order to win this fight he needs to put pressure on his opponent and throw a lot of punches. We want him to be in such great shape so that he can throw punches from the start to the end of each round,” he said.
Montiel's team is made up of Eduardo, their father, Manuel Sr., and brothers Manuel Jr. and Pedro.
They also tapped the services of physical trainers Lorenzo and German Garza.
Montiel's camp said the Garzas will help maintain the boxer's power without losing his speed.
The Donaire-Montiel world bantamweight title clash will take place on February 19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Montiel's World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crowns will be on the line.
Meanwhile, with less than 20 days to go, Montiel expressed confidence that support provided by his family will boost his chances to stay on top.
“I feel great and I believe that that the work plan my father and brothers have put together has been very effective... I will be in the best shape ever for a fight," he said.
Montiel added that he wants to satisfy his boxing fans.
"I want to give the fans a fight they will remember for a long time and I want to give the Mexican people a win that they will proud of. I will promise them a victory," he said.
However, Montiel, Ring Magazine's No. 1 bantamweight fighter, said Donaire should never be underestimated. He said that a victory over the Filipino will be considered a highlight of his career.
“I know this is a very dangerous fight and is important to work on everything, so we don’t make any mistakes," he said.
Montiel has kept a 44-2-2 record, having won 34 of his fights via knockout (KO).
He has been undefeated since thumping another Filipino, Ciso Morales, February last year.
Donaire, on the other hand, carries a professional record of 25-1 with 17 KOs.