The WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo retained his title against a very determined Juan Macias Montiel, who despite being hurt in the fifth and sixth round, survived those attacks, rallied at times and survived to the final bell.
The heavily favoured champion Charlo as expected, won the fight but with a wide unanimous decision from the judges – Steve Morrow (119-109), Nathan Palmer (118-109) and Chris Tellez (120-108). Charlo went in a 30-1 favourite and was expected to knockout Montiel but an applause to the Mexican for putting up an entertaining performance even up to the final round.
Charlo successfully defended his title for the fifth time and four of those, by way of Decision. He remains unbeaten with 32 wins and 22 knockouts while Montiel dropped to a 22-5-2 with 22 knockouts.
“It take a real warrior to get in the ring with me,” Charlo told Showtime’s Jim Gray following his victory. “And he fought each and every round hard as he could. I could tell in his eyes that, you know, he was a true warrior from the beginning and he wanted to fight. It don’t matter what I hit him with, he said, ‘Aw, come on!’ I love that spirit. Hey, man, he gonna be great, man.”
Charlo displayed the most active performance in his career, throwing a total of 769 punches in the 12 rounder and connected 258 according Compubox unofficial stats. Montiel on his part, threw 427 punches connecting 127, drawing an appreciation from the un-expecting champ.
Montiel is ranked fourth by the WBC but fought to a 10 round split draw with Hugo Centeno Jr. whom Charlo knocked out in the second round, when they both met back in 2018. This was how the knockout expectations got conceived but failed to materialise.
Montiel approached the fight with a different mindset and aggressively approached the determined champion from the opening bell and by the final round, it was evident that the Mexican will survive till the final bell as he remained the aggressor while Charlo fought on the back-foot throughout the final round.