2005-04-09 Fernando Montiel w rsc 7 Ivan Hernandez, Don Haskins’ Centre, El Paso, Texas, USA - WBO

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2005-04-09 Fernando Montiel w rsc 7 Ivan Hernandez, Don Haskins’ Centre, El Paso, Texas, USA - WBO. Referee: Rafael Ramos. In reclaiming the WBO title, Montiel (115) gave a superb display of boxing to outclass the hard-hitting Hernandez (113½), who found the challenger’s speed and lateral movement too much to handle. Exuding confidence by the third, and after catching Hernandez with lefts and rights over the next few sessions, Montiel opened up in the sixth to drop his rival with two solid head punches. Hernandez showed his commitment when getting up and fighting furiously to the bell before the seventh saw him in big trouble again when he was sunk by a left hook to the body. On his feet again, it was now just a matter of time for Hernandez and when another rasping body shot put him down for the second time during the round the referee immediately stopped the fight, the finish being timed at 1.48.