Jermall Charlo beat Juan Montiel by decision, improving to 32-0 and defending his WBC world middleweight title in the process.
Jermall Charlo proved once again why he is one of the best middleweights in boxing. Charlo defeated Juan Montiel by unanimous decision (118-109, 119-109, 120-108) and successfully defended his WBC middleweight championship in the Premier Boxing Champions main event on Showtime.
Charlo and Montiel traded shots during the first few rounds before Charlo found his rhythm in the third.
At the start of the round, Charlo mixed up his combinations with punches and body shots. While Montiel landed good shots himself, Charlo’s powerful shots eventually put Montiel in a bit of trouble. Fortunately for the challenger, the round concluded with Montiel’s best fight effort to date, as he landed a two-punch combination just before the bell rang.
In the fourth, Charlo and Montiel stood up and switched to the enjoyment of the Toyota Center crowd, as Charlo was unable to put the finishing touches that had originally hurt Montiel.
A 1-2 combination to start the fifth round had Montiel on skates for a brief period before returning to the body shots that had worked well earlier in the title fight.
Over five rounds, Charlo had dictated the pace of the fight and Montiel was close to finishing on several occasions. Despite this, Montiel maintained his composure entering the sixth.
As the sixth round began, Charlo got to work against the ropes and landed several devastating punches that left Montiel with shaky legs. A few hits on the ladder mid-round extended the fight for Montiel.
Round seven saw more of the same for Charlo, as Montiel was mostly stuck in survival mode. In the eighth round, Montiel showed heart and kept shooting the champion, receiving and hitting his best shots with Charlo doing the same. In the ninth round, Montiel took advantage of a cut from Charlo and made him slip near the end of the round, while both men were still exchanging shots.
During the 10th, Montiel tired Charlo, but it was not enough to ensure surprise, as Chsrlo kept going to the body. In 11, the fatigue of both men was evident, but Montiel continued to throw away everything he had to offer.
Jermall Charlo won by unequal decision
Charlo kept putting up clean shots to the body, leaving little doubt by defending his title by unanimous decision.
The loss left Montiel at 22-5-2, but his toughness is what kept him going, regardless of the scorecards.