We now have recognized for weeks since Showtime rolled out their summer season schedule of world title fights that Jermall Charlo could be defending his WBC Middleweight title on June sixteenth. And, now the community and Premier Boxing Champions have confirmed it is going to be in his hometown of Houston.
Showtime confirmed in a press launch that Charlo will headline within the downtown Toyota Middle towards Juan Macías Montiel subsequent month, saying partly:
“Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) will return to struggle in his hometown for the primary time since a June 2019 unanimous resolution victory over Brandon Adams on SHOWTIME. The 30-year-old most lately scored a formidable victory over high middleweight contender Sergey Derevyanchenko of their September 2020 showdown. Charlo has held the WBC middleweight belt since 2019, after a championship reign at 154-pounds that lasted from 2015 via 2017. He has compiled an ideal 6-0 file since transferring as much as middleweight and owns victories over former champions Julian Williams, Austin Trout and Cornelius Bundrage at tremendous welterweight.
“It’s nice to be again within the ring, headlining on SHOWTIME and defending my title in entrance of my hometown followers in Houston,” stated Charlo. “Combating on Juneteenth means so much to me as a result of there’s a battle occurring far larger than this. That stated, I’ve to deal with my enterprise on June 19. Montiel is a troublesome, younger, energy puncher. I do know he needs my crown, however I’m hungrier than ever and able to placed on a present for my followers. Prepare for a particular, explosive evening.”
The flippantly regarded Montiel is 22-4-2, 22 KOs, however has earned knockouts in all 22 of his professional victories. The 27-year-old Mexican scored a first-round knockout victory over longtime contender James Kirkland in December 2020.
Montiel stated within the press launch,
“I do know that I’m preventing the very best middleweight on this planet, however he has by no means confronted somebody who can punch like I can,” stated Montiel. “All my losses prior to now are from not coaching correctly and making an attempt to win by one-punch knockout. I’ve grown up and change into a person since then. I proved that I used to be totally different after I beat Marco Reyes in 2019, and I haven’t left the fitness center since then…”
22-year-old Light-weight contender Isaac Cruz (21-1-1, 15 KOs) will headline the co-feature, when he battles veteran and former world champ, Francisco Vargas.
The Toyota Middle seats over 18,000 for boxing at full capability. Governor Greg Abbott of Texas lifted all Covid 19 restrictions in late March and that’s permitting companies to welcome in patrons (on this case, followers) at 100%.
Clearly, final weekend in Arlington, Texas, noticed a record-smashing 73,000 followers for Canelo Alvarez’s title with by TKO over Billy Joe Saunders to interrupt the North American indoor boxing attendance file.
We’ll wait to see what the introduced capability can be for the Charlo protection.