Having come from a boxing family and growing around the sport is not hard to believe the three-time world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel once envision himself as winning a championship in Japan and beating one of the top fighters in the world. “I know is hard to believe, but when I very young and barely starting to learn to box. I had a dream that one day I would win a world championship in Japan against their top champion. It was a dream that I had many times when I was young, but something that became a goal as I got into the professional ranks and started to win championships,” said Montiel after the biggest win of his brilliant career. Today in Japan, Montiel stopped Hozumi Hasegawa in the fourth round to captured the WBC bantamweight championship in front of 10,000+.
It was not just another win for Montiel, as he stopped an elite fighter who was coming in with 11 successful title defenses and was fighting in front of his own fans.
“I never worried about coming to Japan and not getting the verdict. I trained to win by knockout and take the decision away from the judges hands, not that I worried about them, I just wanted to make statement about my talent and I knew a big win over Hasegawa would give my career a big boost,” said Montiel, who is the current WBO bantamweight champion, and has also held the WBO flyweight and super flyweight crowns.
“This fight was all about staying with the game plan. I figure it would take a few rounds to feel him out and then go after him, but when I landed the big hook I knew he was hurt and I went after him and I was able to finish him.” said Montiel.
“I expected a tough fight early as I got use to his speed and style, and then I expected to take over and take him out in the later rounds, but when I caught him with the big punch a did not want to wait and so I just went after him. The referee Laurence Cole did a good job in stopping the fight he (Hasegawa) was just hanging in the ropes and he was done,” said Montiel.
Montiel had a group of friends and fans travel to Japan to cheer him on.
“I want to thank those fans that travel all the way here to support me. They were not many, but they were vocal. I want to thank Fernando Beltran and Zanfer, as well as Top Rank, my father, my brothers and everyone in Mexico who have always believed in me,” said Montiel.
About his future?
“First I will take a rest, but I love to fight Nonito Donaire, Vic Darchynian and then make my way up to 122 pounds and look for a fourth world title in a fourth weight class,” said Montiel.