Lightning to Strike La Fierita

By Clarence George on January 5, 2016
Lightning to Strike La Fierita
Many felt that Tony Luis should have got the decision. (Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe)

Tony Luis and Eduardo Montoya will face off at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, January 29…

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”—Mark Twain

Tony Luis and Eduardo Montoya will face off over a scheduled 10 rounds at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, January 29. At stake, the interim WBC Latino lightweight title.

Luis, who fights out of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, is an eight-year pro (20-3, 7 KOs) who most recently fought in June 2015, beating Edward Valdez by unanimous decision. “The Lightning,” who’ll turn 28 on January 10, last lost in April 2015, Derry Mathews winning by unanimous decision. Despite two scores of 114-112 and one of 115-112, I thought Luis was more effective and impressive than the Liverpudlian. As Rob Lancaster of Bleacher Report wrote at the time, “There will be plenty who felt Luis—the more aggressive of the two and surely the one who threw the more punches—should have got the decision in the end.” At the very least, Lightning did quite well (despite his modest, “I think I could have done more”), considering that favorite-son status applied (the fight took place in Liverpool) and that he was a late replacement, first for Richar Abril, then for Ismael Barroso. As Mathews himself was gracious enough to acknowledge, “It was a hell of a fight. He’s a warrior. He’s a tough, tough man.” And, indeed, Luis has only been stopped once, by Jose Hernandez, who won by eighth-round TKO in January 2013. His third loss came by way of Ivan Redkach, who won by unanimous decision in January 2014.

Montoya, a 22-year-old, seven-year ring vet (16-4-1, 12 KOs), fights out of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. “La Fierita” last fought in October 2015, stopping Cipriano Garcia by sixth-round TKO, his first fight since beating Luis Gonzalez by unanimous decision in September 2014. Three of his four losses have come by way of stoppage, most recently in April 2014, when he was retired by Daniel Echeverria in the sixth.

Easier to find Bigfoot than a Mexican fighter who isn’t tough, so I won’t underestimate Montoya. But I’ve seen Luis in action and have been impressed by his skill and bull-like relentlessness. Not a hard hitter, true, but he knows how to throw punches in bunches. And turnabout being fair play, it’s now his turn to enjoy favorite-son status.

Tony Luis by clear unanimous decision.

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  1. Clarence George 10:43am, 01/05/2016

    I’d like it if Luis could hit harder, Irish, but he does damn well without it.  That was Dargan’s only loss…and he hasn’t fought since.  I do indeed think Luis was robbed in his fight with Mathews.  Not the worst robbery in boxing’s history, but a robbery nevertheless.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:25am, 01/05/2016

    Clarence George-If only he could hit harder, but then I guess he wouldn’t be Tony….would he? His beatdown of Dargan was classic, not unlike Granados ripping out Imam’s heart.  Matthews’s post fight praise of Tony was classic Boxspeak for “He whipped my ass, good thing I was at home and they gifted it to me!”

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