Jermall Charlo dominates, however can’t cease Juan Montiel

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Let the criticism start.

Jermall Charlo dominated Juan Macias Montiel in protection of his middleweight title, successful a near-shutout determination Saturday evening at Toyota Heart in Houston.

Nonetheless, he couldn’t do what virtually everybody thought he would do — cease the overmatched Mexican, which actually may have introduced out the doubters.

Charlo gave Montiel credit score for his effort.

“It took an actual warrior to get within the ring with me,” he mentioned. “He fought each spherical as exhausting as he might and I might inform by his eyes that he’s a real warrior from the start and he wished to struggle.

“It didn’t matter what I hit him with, he wished extra. I like that spirit. He’s going to be nice.”

Charlo, making the fourth protection of his belt, outclassed and outworked Montiel, selecting the challenger aside a lot of the struggle together with his jab and exhausting, correct energy photographs.

The Houston native landed 46% of his energy photographs, in line with CompuBox. He additionally outlanded Montiel general 258-127.

And, sure, there have been just a few moments when it appeared as if Charlo would finish the struggle inside the gap. He damage Montiel early in Rounds 5 and 6 and adopted with barrages meant to complete the job.

Nonetheless, Montiel, clearly sturdy and in glorious situation, survived all of it and truly had his finest rounds down the stretch.

Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) continued to land extra punches than his opponent however Montiel (22-5-2, 22 KOs) linked on some exhausting, eye-catching blows within the final third of the struggle, when it was clear he wanted a knockout to win.

Montiel wasn’t notably good however he undoubtedly was resilient, though that wasn’t mirrored on the scorecards. Charlo gained 120-108, 119-109 and 118-109. Boxing Junkie scored it 120-107 for Charlo.

And it must be famous that every one of Montiel’s victories have come by knockout, that means he can punch. Thus, Charlo additionally demonstrated a great chin.

After all, some will give Charlo credit score for a convincing victory. Others will query his energy, notably in mild of the truth that Jaime Munguia stopped Montiel in 2017.

Backside line: He received the job the accomplished and it wasn’t shut. He’ll now concentrate on getting big-name opponents into the ring. And he mentioned the search can be for fellow 160-pounders for now.

“100 sixty kilos is my weight division,” he mentioned. “I need to unify. I need to get [Gennadiy] Golovkin within the ring. I need to carry him to Houston. I need to get Canelo [Alvarez] to come back to Houston if he’ll come right down to 160. That is my weight division. I’m going to remain right here and reign right here.

“That is my fourth title protection and I’ve many extra to come back. I’m younger. I’m hungry.”

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