Charlo: I’m ready for the power of Montiel

WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo knows exactly what to expect when he meets Mexican slugger Juan Macias Montiel at the Toyota Center in Houston on June 19. 

Puncher Montiel (22-4-2, 22 KOs) has promised to come for another KO, but Charlo believes he is mentally stronger than ever ahead of his fourth title defence, insisting he plans to remain at 160lbs despite continual rumours about a clash with unified champion Canelo Alvarez at the weight above.

Montiel blitzed former contender James Kirkland in a round last December, but Charlo welcomes the firepower his challenger brings.

“There’s no way I’m letting Montiel take anything from me. There’s no pressure for me. I’m a fighter and pro at what I do. It’s my legacy on the line. So, no matter what, I have to continue to be great. I have the best trainer in the world in Ronnie Shields and I’m so ready for this fight,” said Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs).

“I know Montiel is going to bring a strong challenge and try to knock me out. You put the pressure on yourself that way though. Normally when people talk trash, I lay them out. I’m going to be prepared. My mental has matched up with my physical ability and I’m stronger than ever.

“Montiel is a pressure fighter who fights from both stances. He’s strong with both hands and he’s going to try to fight fire with fire. Bring on the power. I want the power. He better be as strong as he’s talking. I want to feel the power. I’ll show you what I do with the power.

“I’m making 160-pounds perfectly right now. I’m not finished at 160-pounds. There are bigger fights ahead of me though. No matter what happens, those bigger fights are coming. Right now, I’ve got something for Montiel.

“I’m giving you the best Jermall Charlo that I can give you. Montiel is going to come forward and give me some power. I’m going to put it in my pocket and charge my phone with it. You’re going to see a great night of boxing on June 19.”