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Pegada Explosiva, Montes vs. Ibarra For WBF World Title

Posted on February 14 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum           



In what promises to be an exciting and fan-friendly fight, fellow Mexicans Juan Jose Montes and Oscar Ibarra will clash for the vacant World Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight Championship at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara on February 25, on a show promoted by Hector Garcia and his HG Boxing.

Both boxers fight in the characteristic come-forward-style that Mexican boxers are known for, both are young and hungry, and both have significant power in their punches, so it seems unlikely that this will be anything but a fantastic fight for the fans to watch.

Now 22 years old, Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (21-2, 14 KOs) has been a pro since he was only seventeen years old. He won his first seven bouts by stoppage before suffering a setback against Jesus Ceja at the very same venue as he will face Ibarra for the WBF World title.

Montes emerged victories from his next twelve fights, won various regional titles along the way, and defeated several top-class opponents, such as the undefeated Jose Salgado (18-0) whom he impressively knocked out in two rounds, to line up a shot at WBC World Champion Tomas Rojas last year.

In what was not one of his best nights in the ring, Montes retired before the start of the twelfth round against Rojas but gained valuable experience that he will try to utilize in his second shot at a world crown against Ibara. Since losing to Rojas, Montes has come back with two emphatic knockout victories, and believes he is better prepared this time to come out on top.    

Just like his opponent on the 25th, Oscar Ibarra (27-5, 18 KOs) has won several regional belts, but unlike Montes he has yet to fight for a world title. After winning thirteen of his first fourteen fights, Ibarra had a horrific 2008, losing three of his four bouts that year.  But from the beginning of 2009 the now 26 year old from Mexico City turned things around and won thirteen straight to establish himself as a world-class operator.

There is always a lot of local pride on the line when Mexicans fight each other, and especially when they fight for a world title. But there are never any guarantees that a fight will be entertaining. However, some pairings come as close as is possible to a guarantee, and Montes vs. Ibarra is such a match-up. It is bound to be explosive!  

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