By Matt Lieberman: WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo weighed in at 160-lbs, and challenger Juan Macias Montiel weighed in at 159.4 lbs on Friday on the weigh-in for Saturday’s battle between them on Showtime Championship Boxing on the Toyota Middle in Houston, Texas.
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Initially, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) weighed in over the middleweight restrict at 160.4 lbs, making it essential for him to stip down. Nonetheless, as soon as he did that, he got here in at 160 lbs.
Curiously, Jermall stated he on weight on Thursday, however he wasn’t capable of maintain that weight in a single day. Happily, Charlo made the 160-lb restrict on his second attempt with out hitting the sauna or treadmill to take off the additional weight.
Charlo denies he’s feeling weight drained
“I really feel good; I’m prepared for tomorrow,” stated Jermall. “It’s boxing. I used to be on weight yesterday, and in the present day, I really feel good. Hell, no, I really feel good,” stated Charlo when requested if he feels drained.
Charlo coming in slightly heavy will feed the critics, who see him as a weight bully and assume he ought to be combating at 168 as a substitute of 160.
Jermall does look enormous for his fights at middleweight in comparison with his opponents, however you’ll be able to’t blame him for wanting to remain on this division.
If Jermall moved as much as 168, he would want to battle guys like David Benavidez, Canelo Alvarez, Carlos Gongora, Edgar Berlanga, and Daniel Jacobs.
That may be rather a lot tougher for Charlo than the fellows he’s been feasting on at 160 like Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Dennis Hogan, Brandon Adams, Hugo Centeno, Jorge Sebastian Heiland, and Matt Korobov
Jermall says Montiel might look to outlive
“I don’t know, I can’t predict. I by no means predict my fights as a result of I would get in there and really feel completely different. He could be an expert survivor; who is aware of?” stated Charlo.
Montiel, 27, shall be attempting to knock Charlo out on Saturday, not simply coming to outlive. However that’s not how Montiel fights. As a substitute, he’s a type of guys swinging for the fences from begin to end in his fights.
In contrast to many fighters, Charlo doesn’t have an enormous battle over the horizon that he’s trying ahead to. After this, it’s unclear who Jermall shall be combating. He’s not involved in combating WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade, although that may be a simple match to make.
The one man that Charlo has been speaking about eager to battle is 39-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin, however that’s not going to occur.
Jermall says he want to battle Canelo Alvarez, however he must come right down to 160. In different phrases, Jermall gained’t be combating Canelo both.
We’re in all probability going to see Charlo combating somebody like Maciej Sulecki subsequent, which is analogous to this Saturday’s contest with Montiel.
Different weights on Saturday’s card:
Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz 133 vs Franciso ‘Bandido’ Vargas 134
Angelo Leo 122 vs Aaron Alameda 123.8