Deontay Wilder’s former coach Mark Breland has reportedly been added to the team of WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, ahead of his 160 lb showdown opposing Juan Macias Montiel.
Former 11-time WBC heavyweight champion Wilder decided to let go of Breland, six-time WBA welterweight champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist, for throwing in the towel during round seven of his rematch with Tyson Fury back in February of last year.
Breland went 35-3-1 as a professional, while Charlo’s head coach Ronnie Shields went 26-6-1 as a professional boxer. It’s unknown whether Charlo really needs another coach, but it couldn’t hurt, right?
Matchroom Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed interest in Charlo facing WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (30-0) in a title unification bout, but no progress has been made as far as that bout’s concerned.
Hearn instead expressed his disappointment in learning Charlo will defend his title against Juan Macias Montiel (22-4-2) on June 19, live on Showtime pay-per-view at a TBD venue.
Charlo comes into the bout with a record of 31-0, becoming a four-time IBF light-middleweight champion & a five-time WBC middleweight champion. With a victory, that’ll push him up to a six-time WBC champ.
Fans have shown no lack of criticism for this bout being booked, as Charlo literally chose to fight someone who hasn’t beaten anyone noteworthy, and someone who’s lost four times, not won six times, in under 30 fights.
Not only have we seen Montiel lose four times, but three of those defeats came to sublevel opposition, and the one notable talent he faced previous, Jaime Munguia, finished him off in just two rounds back in 2017.
In fact, of those 22 victories, only seven opponents had winning records, and in order, they were 1-0, 9-2, 16-4-1, 6-1-1, 19-0, 37-5, and 34-2. The most impressive certainly came in his last victory over the 34-2 opponent, James Kirkland, who had been finished off twice prior, but Montiel KO’d him in round one.
Fans also want to see Charlo face No. 2 ranked IBF & IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and we also want to see him move up to super-middleweight and face fellow undefeated, No. 3 ranked David Benavidez.
He chose not to take either of those fights either, which is a bummer. In boxing, unfortunately, we’re used to seeing a lot of the best match ups not take place. It sucks, but it’s kind of become the name of the game in a sense.
Nonetheless, Jermall Charlo is making the fifth defense of his title on June 19, and hopefully we see him face some of the best in his following bouts to come.
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