Juan Macias Montiel Delivers James Kirkland His Retirement Present on a Platter!
Article by Rick Mohamed
Journeyman Juan Macias Montiel beat a formerly prominent middleweight contender in James Kirkland handily. He floored Kirkland (3) times in the first round. Montiel delivered a super-hard left hook shot to Kirkland’s right temple, which sent him to the canvas quickly in 1:57 seconds of the round.
Kirkland got back up on his feet only to have Montiel jump on him again with a vicious volley of combinations that sent Kirkland down again. The final knock down did it and the referee waived this bout off as a 1st round KO!
Kirkland, once a superstar and prominent contender, trains under the tutelage of super star female world champion (and 2021 International Boxing Hall of fame inductee) Ann Wolfe. Montiel is a journeyman who put what was once a very high profile name in Kirkland on his resume. He looked like a super star in doing so.
Montiel’s record moving forward now is 25-4-2 with 22 KO’s, and Kirkland finishes his career at 34-3 with 30 KO’s. I can only hope that those closest to Kirkland tell him ‘champ it’s time to hang ya gloves up and walk away, you had a pretty good run Champ’!
I can only hope that Kirkland himself realizes this; he shouldn’t really need to be told. However, fighters have so much love and passion for a sport that’s been good to them and their families throughout their careers. It’s just hard to face the truth, unfortunately.
Montiel, on the other hand, will probably keep on pushing & hoping for a title shot. Win, lose or draw, he will still get his big payday when the time comes.
This was the co-Main Event on the card for PBC. Well, boxing fans I hope you enjoyed the fights closing us out for the year. I can’t wait to see the Ryan Garcia Vs Luke Campbell on Jan 2 2021 to start off 2021 for boxing.
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