Unbeaten WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo and hard-hitting challenger Juan Macías Montiel previewed their upcoming showdown during a virtual press conference Wednesday, as they near their matchup that headlines action live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, June 19 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Toyota Center in Houston.
Charlo has established himself as a force in two divisions and will seek to thrill his hometown crowd against Mexico’s Montiel in a first-of-its-kind Juneteenth Day boxing celebration. Charlo will fight in Houston for the fourth time as a pro and look to keep his undefeated record intact against the upset-minded Montiel.
JERMALL CHARLO (31 – 0 – 0)
“This is going to be fireworks. This is going to be a fight. I come to put on a good show in front of my city, get ready to tune in, this is going down, all the way down. There’s no way I’m letting Montiel take anything from me, “there’s no pressure for me. I’m a fighter and pro at what I do. It’s my legacy on the line. So no matter what, I have to continue to be great, i have the best trainer in the world in Ronnie Shields, and I’m so ready for this fight.
“I know Montiel is going to bring a strong challenge and try to knock me out. You put the pressure on yourself that way, though. Normally when people talk trash, I lay them out. I’m going to be prepared. My mental has matched up with my physical ability, and I’m stronger than ever.
“Montiel is a pressure fighter who fights from both stances. He’s strong with both hands, and he’s going to try to fight fire with fire.
“When you’re the world champion, everyone wants to beat you. It doesn’t matter who they put in front of you because they’re all training their hardest. He’s going to be in shape, but I will be just as fast, strong, and smart. My title is on the line, so I have to defend it.
JUAN MACÍAS MONTIEL (22 – 4 – 2)
“I’m excited, and I’m ready. This is a dream fight that I’ve been waiting for all my life. We’ve been getting ready for months, and I’m more than ready to step up to this challenge.
“Whoever thinks this is an easy fight for Jermall doesn’t know me at all. That’s like saying a spark can’t light a forest on fire. I’m going to show on June 19 that I’m more than up to the challenge of showing who Juan Macías Montiel is, “I don’t see any weaknesses in Charlo’s game. He’s number one for a reason. I’m going to have to fight him to the best of my abilities. He’s at the top of his game, and I respect what he brings, “i think I have matured since my losses, I have trained brilliantly for this opportunity. I’m not going to let this slip away because of anything that I didn’t do, “my record speaks for itself. I am all about the knockout, and that’s what I’m coming for on June 19, I’ve been perfecting my whole game since my last fight. The power is definitely going to be the key for me, “I think Charlo is a great fighter, super talented, and the world champion for a reason. I have been preparing my whole life for this, “I don’t think that all Mexicans just go on attack mode by default, you also have to be smart and think things through depending on how the fight goes.”