Jermall Charlo vs. Juan Macías Montiel
Houston Press Conference Quotes
Unbeaten WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo and
hard-hitting 160-pound contender Juan Macías Montiel met
face-to-face for the first time Tuesday during a kick-off
press conference as they preview the main event of a special
Juneteenth Day celebration in Charlo’s hometown of Houston
Saturday, June 19 at Toyota Center headlining a Premier
Boxing Champions event live on SHOWTIME.
Charlo has established himself as a force in two divisions
and will seek to thrill his hometown crowd against Mexico’s
Montiel in a first-of-its-kind Juneteenth Day boxing
celebration. Charlo will fight in Houston for the fourth
time as a pro and look to keep his undefeated record intact
against the upset-minded Montiel.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m.
PT and feature rising lightweight contender Isaac Cruz
battling former world champion Francisco Vargas in the
10-round co-main event. Kicking off the telecast, former
world champion Angelo Leo returns to take on Mexican
contender Aaron Alameda in a 10-round super bantamweight
Here is what Charlo, Montiel and their trainers had to say
"June 19, it’s going to be fireworks. A parade. A
celebration. Me and Ronnie Shields get a chance to do it
again. I’m working hard. I was working hard before I even
knew who Montiel was. This time, you get a chance to see all
the hard work I’ve put in for so many years. It’s a dream
come true to be able to fight in my city and I get a chance
to do it with a crowd. Tune in and get your tickets because
it’s going to be a great night of boxing.
“There’s no better day to fight than Juneteenth. It’s a
celebration for me and my people and I get to represent them
and carry them on my back. To be able to do it for my city
right here at the Toyota Center – it’s going to be an
amazing night of boxing.
“Montiel is fearless. He’s a fighter that I think deserves a
chance. At this point, he understands where he’s at. This is
a big fight. A lot of people may not know who Montiel is,
just like I didn’t, but he’s a strong fighter. The people
want to see me get tested, right? I want to see those big
fights, too. In a matter of time, they’ll come. But Montiel
should be a good fight.
“I’m going to whoop his ass. He doesn’t stand a chance.
They’re all confident. I got the belt. The belt ain’t going
nowhere. Toyota Center, get ready. It’s going to be
fireworks June 19. He can be as confident as he wants, but
when we get in there he’s going to have to figure it out.
“I’m ready to fight the best in the world. I’m the best in
the world and I’m not going to let this guy over here stop
me. The belt is not going nowhere. The belt is staying right
here in ‘H Town.’ There’s nothing he could do about it.
Nothing. It’s my belt. It’s my legacy. You’ll find out June
“A fighter like Montiel is challenging to go in there and
get the job done real clean and swiftly because if I look
bad against a guy like this, they’ll take away from what I
did in the Derevyanchenko fight. But, yes, to date,
Derevyanchenko was one of my hardest fights, but I made nice
work of it and onto the next one.
“I got the belt. Champions fight champions. We unify. But if
not, we’re not just going to sit back. Those guys that have
the belt like Triple G, Canelo and Andrade – the belts are
out there so eventually it will happen. I’m not in a rush.
I’m young. I’m still having fun. I’m enjoying what I do
“If Triple G wants this WBC belt, I have it. It’s over here,
it’s open. I’m ready to fight.”
JUAN MACÍAS MONTIEL:
“We are focused on preparing as well as possible. This is a
once in a lifetime opportunity and we are taking it as such
with a lot of dedication and discipline. We are ready to put
on a great show on June 19.
“This is the fight I always dreamed of. I am all about
challenging myself and fighting against the best of the
best. I have been training hard and I believe in myself. I
will be ready to come out and win.
“We’re fighting in Houston because I don’t think that I’m in
a position to choose or dictate anything right now. I will
fight anywhere in order to make my dream of becoming a
champion come true. If we have to fight on the moon, then
let’s fight on the moon.
“I believe that power is the great equalizer, a legit
advantage in boxing, since it can change the fortunes of any
fighter inside the ring. I consider my power an advantage in
“I have fought and prepared so hard for the opportunity to
go and get this championship belt. I have done things the
right way, there is no reason for things to go wrong. As I
said previously, I am not in a position to choose where to
fight. I just have to keep training hard like I have since I
was four years old.
“I’m happy that there will be fans in the stands. I don’t
feel any pressure, because it’s all about Latin pride and
support and that motivates me.
“I think Charlo is a great fighter, super talented and the
world champion for a reason. I have been preparing my whole
life for this.
“I don’t think that all Mexicans just go on attack mode by
default, you also have to be smart and think things through
depending on how the fight goes.”
RONNIE SHIELDS, CHARLO’S TRAINER:
“Jermall Charlo has worked his butt off in the gym and he
continues to do that. To defend your title in your backyard,
in your hometown, that’s a very special thing. Not only is
it going to be special because of that, it’s going to be
special because Juneteenth is a very special day for all
African Americans in the state of Texas. We’re looking
forward to a great fight. Montiel is a really great fighter
and we know we can’t underestimate anybody. We’re going to
be in the best condition we’ve ever been in every time we
fight and we’re going to continue to do that. We’re looking
forward to having everybody come out for this great
“I think a lot of people were surprised how easily Jermall
beat Sergey Derevyanchenko. He was the No. 1 contender. He
was the mandatory defense. He gave Triple G problems. He
gave Danny Jacobs problems. And Jermall beat him.”
EDUARDO MONTIEL, MONTIEL’S TRAINER:
“Training camp is an ongoing process. Things are going
swimmingly, just like we wanted them to. We are very happy
and so glad people have welcomed us here in Houston with
“I’m hoping for Montiel to be in his best physical, mental
and emotional shape to come out with a win on June 19. Our
biggest advantage right now is that we are already settled
in here in the United States, free of the distractions and
temptations we might have back home in Mexico.
“I think that a victory of this magnitude would make Montiel
the face of Mexican boxing, rubbing elbows with the Canelos
of the world. Life would change overnight for him.”
DOUG HALL, GENERAL MANAGER, TOYOTA CENTER:
“We welcome SHOWTIME and our friends from Premier Boxing
Champions back to Toyota Center. We have a great history of
hosting combat sports in this fine arena. We’re really
excited about what Jermall Charlo and Juan Macías Montiel
are going to bring to the Toyota Center on June 19. Tickets
are on sale now at toyotacenter.com and we are looking
forward to a great night as we bring back live events to
this market. We can do it successfully and safely and we
want to see everybody come and see a great championship