Middleweight contender Juan Macias Montiel is a tremendous underdog, but he's promising to shock the world on June 19, when he challenges WBC world champion Jermall at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Showtime will televise the contest.
Montiel secured the opportunity back in December, when he knocked out the returning James Kirkland in a single round. Kirkland went down three times before the contest was waved off.
“We are focused on preparing as well as possible. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are taking it as such with a lot of dedication and discipline. We are ready to put on a great show on June 19," Montiel said.
“This is the fight I always dreamed of. I am all about challenging myself and fighting against the best of the best. I have been training hard and I believe in myself. I will be ready to come out and win."
The fight takes place in Charlo's hometown. Montiel is not worried about the location. He's excited by the news that fans will be present at the venue.
“We’re fighting in Houston because I don’t think that I’m in a position to choose or dictate anything right now. I will fight anywhere in order to make my dream of becoming a champion come true. If we have to fight on the moon, then let’s fight on the moon," Montiel said.
“I believe that power is the great equalizer, a legit advantage in boxing, since it can change the fortunes of any fighter inside the ring. I consider my power an advantage in my favor.
“I’m happy that there will be fans in the stands. I don’t feel any pressure, because it’s all about Latin pride and support and that motivates me."
Montiel (22-4-2, 22 KOs) explains that he's been waiting for this opportunity since turning pro in 2009.
He's knocked out every opponent that he's beaten - and hopes to add Charlo to that victim list.
“I have fought and prepared so hard for the opportunity to go and get this championship belt. I have done things the right way, there is no reason for things to go wrong. As I said previously, I am not in a position to choose where to fight. I just have to keep training hard like I have since I was four years old," Montiel said.
“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.”