2001-09-08 Fernando Montiel w pts 12 Jose Lopez, Lawlor Events Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - WBO

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2001-09-08 Fernando Montiel w pts 12 Jose Lopez, Lawlor Events Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - WBO. Referee: Norm Budden. Scorecards: 116-110, 116-111, 118-110. After boxing his way into a clear lead and cutting his challenger over both eyes, Montiel (112) was himself dropped in the ninth by Lopez (111½), who then staged a late-round rally to no avail.

On 4 May 2002, Adonis Rivas outpointed Jair Jimenez over 12 rounds at the National Stadium, Managua, Nicaragua to win the ‘interim’ title before being named as champion after Montiel moved up a division to win the WBO junior bantamweight crown on 22 June 2002.