By Wyatt Johnston
Fernando Montiel W12 Pramuansak Posuwan..
. Fernando Montiel successfully retained his WBO 115-pound title in Tucson, Arizona and made it four wins for Mexican boxers over Thai opponents in four televised bouts on Saturday night. The Mexican team captured the World Cup trophy that promoters hope to make an annual event. Despite a badly bruised eye, Montiel won a decision over Pramuansak Posuwan by scores of 114-112 (twice) and 115-112. Montiel had a knockdown counted against him in round seven when Posuwan landed a punch that clearly landed on Montiel's leg. Referee Raul Caiz wrongly ruled it a knockdown. In round eleven, Montiel scored a real knockdown. As bad as Montiel's eye was, Posuwan's was far worse. Judging by the massive swelling around the outside of the eye, it would not be surprising if he suffered a broken bone in his eye socket. Perhaps the last time a boxer was so badly swollen was Hasim Rahman against Evander Holyfield. It was Posuwan's first professional loss in 31 pro fights. Despite many defenses of a regional title, this was really his first world class fight. Montiel is now 32-1-1, and hopefully his team can arrange bouts against WBA title holder Martin Castillo, or flyweight starJorge Arce. source: HBO Latino