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  Jermall Charlo vs. Juan Macias Montiel
Final Press Conference


Unbeaten WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo went face-to-face with the hard-hitting Juan Macias Montiel Thursday during the final press conference before they meet live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, June 19 from Toyota Center in Houston headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.

Thursdays press conference also featured rising lightweight contender Isaac Cruz and former world champion Francisco Vargas, who meet in the 10-round co-main event, plus former super bantamweight world champion Angelo Leo and Mexican contender Aaron Alameda, who battle in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast opener at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Charlo has established himself as a force in two divisions and will seek to thrill his hometown crowd against Mexicos Montiel, in a first-of-its-kind Juneteenth Day boxing celebration. Charlo and his twin brother Jermell Charlo were given a proclamation from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday, declaring this Juneteenth Day Jermall and Jermell Charlo Day in their hometown.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

JERMALL CHARLO


Im blessed to be in this position to showcase my talent. Camp was awesome. Ive had great sparring throughout and Im ready.

On Saturday you can expect a hard fight. If he comes at me the same way everyone comes at me, youre going to see the same Jermall Charlo. I can deliver explosive knockouts, go 12 rounds or beat you down from start to finish.

If hes strong like they say he is, Ill show you my movement and attack the body. I have all the skills and ability of every other great middleweight throughout history.

Hes strong, but I fight strong fighters. I spar heavy fighters all the time. Im strong too, right? Im not worried about his power. This is my hometown, and Im going to stay champion. The talk about his power is just going to make me fight harder.

This is a real fight. This isnt James Kirkland or Hugo Centeno Jr. Youre only as good as your last fight. There are levels to this and Im going to show what level Im on Saturday. If hes that good and if his team has a game plan that no one else has used before, then Ill accept it. But Ive trained hard for this fight and Im going to show it.

Im honored to be fighting on Juneteenth with the opportunity to represent my people. I get to fight for all my ancestors who fought before me. I love it and Im focused.

Every fighter wants the belt. I remember being in that position, but Im even hungrier now. Im not sleeping on anybody. Im still young in my career. I cant make any mistakes right now. I know hes coming to fight.

I am not overlooking Montiel. Saturday is a holiday and thats great. But I put my life on the line every time I get into the ring. I cant overlook this guy. He says he trained hard, but I trained way harder.

June 19 is going to be a party. Everyone get ready for a show. Im coming for a fight. Im putting it all on the line. This is going to be one of the fights where I do what I say Im going to do.

JUAN MACIAS MONTIEL


I had an unbelievable training camp. It was the best camp of my entire career. It was very tough physically, but I feel great right now. Weve worked hard to bring another world champion to Mexico.

I plan to show everything weve worked on in training camp on Saturday night. Weve worked on a variety of techniques and styles to use in this fight. Im excited to show them in the ring.

I was the underdog in the James Kirkland fight and everyone saw what happened. I wasnt training the way I do now when I fought Hugo Centeno Jr. to a draw. I know that I have the best middleweight in front of me, so I knew that I had to train harder than ever for this fight.

I believe that if he wants to trade punches with me, hes going to be sorry that he chose that strategy.

Im very thankful for this opportunity. On Saturday night Im going to fulfill my dream of becoming a world champion. No matter what it takes.

ISAAC CRUZ


I had a great two and a half months of training and Im ready for Saturday night. Vargas has a similar style to mine. We both like to stand in front of our opponent, so its going to be a great fight.

Im planning to put Mexico on top once again. Pitbull Cruz is going to show up like I always do. This is going to be a war.

I plan to deliver a wonderful gift for all of the fans in Houston. Just like I delivered in San Antonio two fights ago, Im going to show everyone that same power.

Im coming to win and Im ready to have my hand raised. Im not looking past Vargas, but Ill be ready for whoever is next after I win.

FRANCISCO VARGAS


Im very motivated and I cant wait for Saturday night. I had a great training camp and I know that this is going to be an action-packed fight for the fans.

We both want to win for our country. Everyone knows what kind of fight this is going to be. Cruz is a strong fighter who comes forward, so Id say our styles are definitely similar.

Theres not much that needs to be said. People might think I dont have anything left, but Im going to prove on Saturday night that theres plenty in the tank. Everyone is going to see on June 19.

This is going to be a very entertaining fight. It definitely could steal the night. Its shaping up to be that type of fight.

When youve got two Mexican warriors, you can expect another Fight of the Year. Dont miss it on Saturday.

ANGELO LEO


Its a pleasure to be fighting in Houston, Texas. I came up short in my last fight, but this camp weve improved my strength and conditioning. Im a lot stronger and a lot wiser from the experience I had against Stephen Fulton.

Training camp with my dad has been great. Were ready to go and put on a show for Houston on Saturday.

I had COVID-19 about six weeks before the Fulton fight. As a fighter, I wanted to put on a show for the fans no matter what. In that fight, I didnt have the same stamina that I had in the previous fight. I feel fully healed now and were going to deliver a good performance.

I have a lot of motivation knowing that Ive been champion once and that I can reach that height again. I just want to prove to everyone that Im still at the top level of this division and a serious threat to anybody.

AARON ALAMEDA


We trained very hard for this fight. I got a lot of good experience from the Luis Nery fight and on Saturday Im going to show everything that Ive learned.

It was a great opportunity against Luis Nery. Im going to let my hands go, leave it all in the ring and be victorious on Saturday night.

Im very motivated by my previous experience against Nery. Everyone will see that Im willing to do whatever it takes to win in this fight.



 

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