The unbeaten Jermall Charlo is looking to put a stamp on a holiday. Charlo was probably inspired by Canelo Alvarez scheduling fights on Cinco de Mayo when he announced his intention to box in his hometown and commemorate Juneteenth. Charlo (31-0 with 22 knockouts) will defend his WBC middleweight belt against Juan Macias Montiel on Saturday, June 19. Montiel (22-4-2 with 22 knockouts) packs a punch, and he will come out swinging. This WBC middleweight title fight will be aired on Showtime. The promotion is slated to start at 9 p.m. ET.
When: Saturday, June 19, 2021
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Why: WBC middleweight title
Jermall Charlo vs Juan Macias Montiel Betting Odds
Jermall Charlo -4500
Juan Macias Montiel +1203
Charlo is one of the biggest favorites you will ever see in professional boxing. At these boxing betting odds, you would need to wager $4500 on the champion to win $100 for a victory. A $100 flyer on the underdog would return just over $1200, and there are more than a few bettors who will take a shot at that price.
As the fight nears, there will be decision betting too. You will be able to bet on whether the fight is decided by KO, TKO, or decision, and you can bet on which boxer will win the fight in that fashion as well.
Jermall Charlo vs Juan Macias Montiel Preview
Although they have fought on the same card in the past, Jermall Charlo and Jermell Charlo will not share the spotlight in this promotion. Jermell Charlo will instead headlight his own promotion against Brian Castano in the Big Apple next month.
It took Jermall Charlo 21 fights to earn his first major title shot. Unlike other boxers, Charlo never fought for a minor belt, holding a 21-0 record with no hardware to his name before facing Cornelius Bundrage for the IBF junior middleweight title in September 2015. He announced his presence with authority, knocking Bundrage down on four occasions before the referee stopped the fight and declared Charlo the winner by third round knockout.
His first title defense was against Wilky Campfort. Charlo successfully retained the title with a fourth-round TKO and defended the title a total of three times before moving up a weight class.
Charlo challenged Hugo Centeno Jr. for the interim WBC middleweight belt in April 2018. He scored a second-round knockout in that fight to win a title in a second weight class. His unanimous decision victory over Matt Korobov just before Christmas led to the WBC taking the interim tag off the title.
He had little trouble with Brandon Adams, Dennis Hogan, and Sergiy Derevyanchenko in his last three title defenses, and a win over Montiel could set up a major prize fight against a big-name opponent.
Montiel is out to spoil those hopes and make a name for himself. He wasn’t a great boxer early in his career with a draw and a loss in his first 10 fights. However, he kept plugging away and eventually earned the right to challenge Alejandro Barrera for the WBA Fedecentro welterweight strap in March 2015. Montiel lost that bout by split decision.
A TKO over 19-0 Ivan Montero raised his profile, but Montiel proceeded to lose consecutive fights against Jhony Fredy Navarrete Montano and Jaime Munguia. He fought back with a win over Marco Reyes in February 2019, but he had to settle for another draw in December 2019 when he faced Centeno. His last fight was in December, when Montiel scored a knockout win over 34-2 James Kirkland.
Charlo is four years older than Montiel. He is an inch shorter and has an ½ inch less reach. However, his profile is much cleaner, and Charlo has faced much tougher opponents and taken care of business.
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