Former world triple world champion Fernando Montiel was very close to winning a fourth world title in different divisions, but lost a decision to the British Lee Selby in big fight this week.
“Kochulito” came very close until the British fighter Selby took the victory on Premier Boxing Champions.
Montiel entered the ring of the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, determined to prove that the age difference (Selby is eight years younger) did not have the power to influence the outcome.
Throughout the fight, he his imits seeking a feat that at times seemed close, but ultimately lacked in the later rounds to get the desired result.
Scores of the judges did no do justice to what was seen in the ring as the fight was much more close than it was marked on their cards and a rematch would be fair.
After 12 rounds, the judges saw Selby win 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112, the last card being the most acceptable. There were those at ringside who gave 115-113 in favor of the world champion and in expert opinion that is the one which comes closest to what really was a war.
“Whenever I pressed the fight, the first half of I won, then in the middle rounds I pressed and connected with the more solid shots, especially with my left hand,” said Montiel.
“In the later rounds, I tired but I never stopped launching attacks. I’m not agreeing with those scores and hopefully Selby will give me a rematch.
Montiel will rest for the remainder of the year and come back with a vengeance in 2016 seeking a rematch with Selby or whomever if Zanfer can get an opportunity with another champion.