2005-07-16 Fernando Montiel w pts 12 Everth Briceno, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO

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2005-07-16 Fernando Montiel w pts 12 Everth Briceno, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO. Referee: Tony Weeks. Scorecards: 117-111, 118-110, 117-111. Expecting to defend his title against Eric Morel, a southpaw, Montiel (115) agreed to take on the orthodox Briceno (115) at six days notice after Morel had been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following an assault charge.

For the first seven rounds Montiel dominated with accurate punches to head and body, and almost took his opponent out in the seventh following an overarm right to the jaw which was followed up by a volley of blows. However, Briceno made it through the round, gradually getting into the fight as Montiel dropped his work-rate, but although he took the eighth and the last two sessions it was too little and too late.