Filipino puncher Rogelio Doliguez (19-2-2, 14) face the stiffest test of his career this coming weekend when he battles former world champion Fernando Montiel (53-4-2, 39) in Baja California.
Despite stepping up in class in a big way Doliguez has sounded very confident in the build up to the fight. One website has even quoted Doliguez as saying "knockout will come". A very brave statement considering Montiel has only been stopped once in his 59 fight career, and that was by the thunderously hard hitting Nonito Donaire back in 2011.
Coming into the bout Montiel is ranked #6 by the WBC at Super Featherweight and #15 by the IBF at Featherweight. Doliguez on the other hand is unranked by any of the big 4 world bodies and knows that a win would be an upset and would move him towards a major title fight. More importantly for the Filipino fighter it would allow him to get his career back on track following recent setbacks against Gabriel Francisco Pina and Dennis Tubieron.
Although fighting on the road we suspect that Dolgiuez won't be intimidated by the Mexican or his opponents big name status. After all this is his 4th bout in Mexico in the last 20 months and his 5th bout outside of the Philippines. It is however a huge ask to see him defeat the talented but shop worn Montiel, who has won his last 7 in a row including a KO over Filipino fighter Jaderes Padua.
(Image courtesy of notifight.com)
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