WBC middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo is not taking any chances with his upcoming opponent, Juan Macias Montiel.
Charlo will make the voluntary defense on Saturday, June 19, at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Showtime will televise the action.
"June 19, it’s going to be fireworks. A parade. A celebration. Me and Ronnie Shields get a chance to do it again. I’m working hard. I was working hard before I even knew who Montiel was. This time, you get a chance to see all the hard work I’ve put in for so many years. It’s a dream come true to be able to fight in my city and I get a chance to do it with a crowd. Tune in and get your tickets because it’s going to be a great night of boxing," Charlo said.
“There’s no better day to fight than Juneteenth. It’s a celebration for me and my people and I get to represent them and carry them on my back. To be able to do it for my city right here at the Toyota Center – it’s going to be an amazing night of boxing."
Montiel made a statement back in December, when he blew away James Kirkland in the first round. Kirkland was dropped three times before the contest was waved off.
Charlo is a huge favorite to win the fight.
And he plans to make a statement of his own when he faces Montiel in the ring.
“Montiel is fearless. He’s a fighter that I think deserves a chance. At this point, he understands where he’s at. This is a big fight. A lot of people may not know who Montiel is, just like I didn’t, but he’s a strong fighter. The people want to see me get tested, right? I want to see those big fights, too. In a matter of time, they’ll come. But Montiel should be a good fight,' Charlo said.
“I’m going to whoop his ass. He doesn’t stand a chance. They’re all confident. I got the belt. The belt ain’t going nowhere. Toyota Center, get ready. It’s going to be fireworks June 19. He can be as confident as he wants, but when we get in there he’s going to have to figure it out."