Jermall Charlo vs Juan Macias Montiel
June 19, 2021 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Jermall Charlo -5000 / Juan Macias Montiel +1500
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Jermall Charlo and Juan Macias Montiel fight Saturday in a boxing match at the Toyota Center for the WBC middleweight title. Charlo enters this fight with a 31-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. Montiel enters this fight with a 22-4-2 record that includes 22 knockouts.
This will be Charlo’s fourth fight since 2019, and he’s coming off a September win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Charlo is coming off his most impressive win of his career, beating one of the top Ukraine fighters by a decent margin.
Hit Man is 31 years old, stands at 6’0”, has a 73-inch reach and an orthodox stance. Charlo is a gifted athlete who throws accurate punches, has a strong jab and a mean overhand right that’s dropped many of his opponents. Charlo has true knockout power in both hands and it’s led to four of his last seven fights ending in finishes. He has quick feet and shows flashes of being able to slip punches, but he does have a habit of getting hit far more than you’d like from somebody who is supposed to be a top tier boxer. This will be Charlo’s ninth career fight in Texas.
Montiel has split his last six fight and is coming off a December win over James Kirkland. Montiel is coming off a joke of a fight where he dropped his opponent three times in the first round. He still has a knockout percentage of 100 percent.
Juanito is 27 years old, stands at 6’1”, has a 74-inch reach and a orthodox stance. Montiel is an aggressive fighter with legit knockout power obviously, and he likes to be the aggressor. However, Montiel does have accuracy issues and is a bit slow with his hand speed. Montiel will also drop his hands at times and take unnecessary damage due to holes in his defense.
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Montiel also has a questionable resume, fighting most of his career in Mexico and not taking on respectable names. This will be Montiel’s third career fight in the United States.
Montiel has the punching power to pull off the upset of the year, but that’s about it. He’s very slow with his hands and has major flaws defensively. Charlo should have a field day in this contest and his hand speed will be the difference here. Montiel hasn’t faced anyone close to the level of Charlo, and he’s going to struggle to say the least.
Give me Charlo, and I’ll side with a finish to shave down the ML.