Truthfully, this is one fight that nobody asked for, but for unbeaten WBC Middleweight Titlist 🇺🇸Jermall “Hitman” Charlo (31-0-0, 22KO👊), it is okay to take a soft touch every now and then. He will be facing #4 ranked WBC world contender 🇲🇽Juan Macias Montiel (22-4-2, 22KO👊), for what will be Charlo’s attempt at a fourth title defense. The reason why the public is a little gung-ho about the fight is because it is difficult to see a path where Jermall can get a big fight against a name opponent, to get the ball rolling in a Middleweight division that is stagnating at the moment.
It may not be entirely Jermall’s fault, but it just so happens to be reality of the situation. Conversely, Jermall’s twin brother 🇺🇸Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo is getting the bulk of the top of the Super-Welterweight division to fight him, and his success shows, as he holds 4 of the 5 major world titles, and is on the precipice of being considered an Undisputed Champion.
We bring that up, because it has to be frustrating to Jermall, that he hasn’t been able to get any Unification opportunities to match his brothers prowess, given that Jermall is actually the more skilled of the twin duo. In the mean time, he can take the assignments there, and continue to work on what he can to advance his career forward the way he intends to.
Juan Macias Montiel made a name for himself in his last outing, when he knocked out former Junior-Middleweight Titlist James Kirkland – but context is always key in these situations. Kirkland by that point was horribly shopworn, past his prime, and lost any punch resistance that he used to have, so Montiel punished him, and capitalized in the moment.
A fight prior, he had a draw with Hugo Centeno, whom you may remember was blasted out by Jermall Charlo in 2018 with minimal effort. Back to Jermall Charlo…now just because he hasn’t been able to nab the unification/high profile fights at 160 lbs., it does not mean that he has faced weak competition throughout in the division since moving up in 2017.
Charlo’s last fight was against proven elite, but snake-bit Middleweight 🇺🇦Sergey Derevyanchenko, who has proven to be in the class of the best, though may be a slight half step behind in order to get recognized for it. He was able to give Charlo a real challenge, and Charlo passed the dangerous test.
Jermall also cleared former Olympian 🇷🇺Matt Korobov while still in his prime, 🇮🇪Dennis Hogan, who arguably won his fight against Jaime Munguia, and 🇺🇸Brandon Adams, who has become the underdog to root for, who just keeps making big things happen for himself. To that, Jermall should get the credit that has often evaded him in public discussion.
Charlo vs. Montiel will be on 📺SHOWTIME, on Saturday, June 19th, and it’s main fight card will start at 9 P.M. EST. It will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas, on Charlo’s home turf as a welcome home event.