Undefeated WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo will enter the ring for a Juneteenth Day celebration in his hometown when he takes on hard-hitting Juan Macías Montiel on Saturday, June 19 at Toyota Middle in Houston headlining a Premier Boxing Champions occasion reside on SHOWTIME.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and have rising light-weight contender Isaac Cruz battling former world champion Francisco Vargas within the 10-round co-main occasion. Kicking off the telecast, former world champion Angelo Leo returns to tackle Mexican contender Aaron Alameda in a 10-round tremendous bantamweight bout.
Charlo has established himself as a power in two divisions and can search to thrill his hometown crowd towards Mexico’s Montiel, in a first-of-its-kind Juneteenth Day boxing celebration. Charlo will struggle in Houston for the fourth time as a professional and look to maintain his undefeated document intact towards the upset-minded Montiel.
The occasion is promoted by Lions Solely Promotions and TGB Promotions. Tickets for the reside occasion go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, Could 13 at 12 p.m. CT and may be bought at toyotacenter.com. Leo vs. Alameda is promoted in affiliation with Mayweather Promotions.
Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) will return to struggle in his hometown for the primary time since a June 2019 unanimous determination victory over Brandon Adams on SHOWTIME. The 30-year-old most lately scored a formidable victory over prime 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 document 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 loads 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 night time.”
Representing his native Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, Montiel (22-4-2, 22 KOs) has earned knockouts in all 22 of his professional victories, because the heavy-handed brawler established himself as a hard-hitting power. The 27-year-old has put collectively an unbeaten streak since transferring as much as middleweight, first competing on the weight in September 2017, and most lately scoring a first-round knockout victory over longtime contender James Kirkland in December 2020. He owns stoppages of Marco Reyes and Gustavo Castro, and a draw towards Hugo Centeno, Jr. at middleweight. Montiel had beforehand campaigned at welterweight and tremendous welterweight, dropping a February 2017 bout to former champion Jaime Munguia in a 147-pound struggle.
“I do know that I’m combating the perfect middleweight on the 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 attempting to win by one-punch knockout. I’ve grown up and turn out to be a person since then. I proved that I used to be totally different once I beat Marco Reyes in 2019, and I haven’t left the health club since then. I’ve labored exhausting day by day to turn out to be world champion and I’ll show every part I’ve realized on June 19.”
The 22-year-old Cruz (21-1-1, 15 KOs) shot up the light-weight rankings in 2020, asserting his presence with an electrifying first-round knockout over veteran Diego Magdaleno in September. Cruz adopted that up this March, when he received a unanimous determination over beforehand unbeaten Matias Romero. Since making his U.S. debut on the undercard of Jermall Charlo vs. Dennis Hogan in December 2019, the Mexico Metropolis-native has been unbeaten in his 4 ring appearances. It will mark his fifth struggle in 20 months, the final 4 of which may have come on SHOWTIME, together with headlining ShoBox: The Subsequent Technology in February 2020.
“Me and Vargas are going to point out the followers true Mexican-style boxing on June 19,” stated Cruz. “He’s additionally from Mexico Metropolis, so I do know this struggle might be toe-to-toe. It’s my time to point out the followers that I’m the perfect Mexican light-weight on the planet. In with the brand new, and out with the outdated. I wish to thank my promoter, Senator Manny Pacquiao, for his help and perception that I’ll turn out to be world champion very quickly.”
Additionally a local of Mexico Metropolis, Vargas (27-2-2, 19 KOs) received a 130-pound title in 2015 by defeating Takashi Miura in one of many yr’s finest fights. The 36-year-old would go on to struggle Orlando Salido to an action-packed draw earlier than dropping his title to Miguel Berchelt in one other memorable affair. Vargas went on to defeat Stephen Smith and Rod Salka earlier than dropping in his rematch with Berchelt in 2019. Most lately, Vargas started campaigning at light-weight, scoring back-to-back victories with a technical determination over Ezequiel Aviles in October 2019 and a TKO over Otto Gamez in November 2020.
“I solely know the best way to struggle wars and the followers ought to count on nothing much less on June 19,” stated Vargas. “I’m a warrior, and individuals are going to recollect the the reason why I used to be in two Struggle of the Yr battles after they see me within the ring with Isaac Cruz. I wish to thank my entire group for placing collectively this struggle that I do know the followers will get pleasure from.”
Leo (20-1, 9 KOs), who fights out of the Mayweather Promotions steady, grew to become the primary world champion from his hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., since legendary three-division champion Johnny Tapia, when he defeated Tramaine Williams by unanimous determination in August 2020. The 26-year-old dropped the belt when he misplaced a choice to unbeaten Stephen Fulton Jr. in January on SHOWTIME. Leo, who trains in Las Vegas, will look to re-establish his place within the stacked 122-pound division on June 19.
“I’m excited to get again within the ring for this struggle,” stated Leo. “I wasn’t the identical fighter in my final struggle, as I used to be once I received the title. That’s given me an enormous chip on my shoulder. I discovered my errors and realized loads about myself. I’m right here to point out folks that I’m nonetheless a prime contender and a menace on this division. Alameda is an actual contender and he’s not an opponent I’m taking calmly. Whoever comes out on prime on this struggle might be proper there for an additional title shot and I plan on that being me.”
The 27-year-old Aaron Alameda (25-1, 13 KOs) was capable of cease Luis Nery’s knockout streak however got here up on the quick finish of the choice of their tremendous bantamweight title struggle final September. Previous to the Nery struggle, the Sonora, Mexico native had back-to-back knockouts over Jordan Escobar and Breilor Teran. A professional since 2014, his earlier motion within the U.S. noticed him earn a sixth-round knockout over Andre Wilson in 2016.
“I can’t wait for an additional huge struggle on June 19,” stated Alameda. “I confirmed that I belong with the perfect in my final struggle towards Luis Nery, and I might be even higher towards Leo. My aim is to turn out to be world champion and I plan on displaying every part I’ve labored on on this struggle. I’m excited to battle Leo and provides the followers an excellent present.”