2003-08-16 Marc Johnson w pts 12 Fernando Montiel, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA - WBO

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2003-08-16 Marc Johnson w pts 12 Fernando Montiel, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA - WBO. Referee: Michael Ortega. Scorecards: 115-112, 117-110, 114-114. In suffering his first defeat in 28 bouts, Montiel (115) also lost his title as the ring-wise former flyweight champion, Johnson (115), basically kidded and jabbed him out of it. It was not that Johnson was special, it was more a case of Montiel not doing enough, and he only occasionally showed any urgency in his work against a crafty southpaw who had seen better days. Still, if Johnson did not throw as many jabs as he used to he was still dangerous, dropping Montiel with a cracking right hook in the fifth round, but he was unable to sustain the pressure and the champion survived.