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Carlos Adames expecting tough fight against Juan Macias Montiel on Saturday night

Carlos Adames. Photo credit: MJS Entertainment

Middleweight contender Carlos Adames 21-1 (16) is expecting a tough fight when he faces Juan Macias Montiel 23-5-2 (23) for the interim WBC 160-pound title at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California on Saturday night.

The fight will be the co-feature to the 154-pound showdown between Sebastian Fundora 19-0-1 (13) and Carlos Ocampo 34-1 (22).

The 28-year-old Adames from the Dominican Republic is coming off a 10-round majority decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko in December. His lone loss was to Patrick Teixeira on points in 2019 that would have been a draw if Adames wasn’t dropped in the seventh round.

Mexican Montiel, 28, bounced back from his decision loss to WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo in June last year with a three-round blowout of journeyman Christian Soto Valverde last December.

“This is not an easy fight because I know Montiel is a proven veteran who has fought at the championship level,” said Adames.

“He’s gone twelve rounds with Jermall Charlo, so I know he’s tough. I’m expecting Montiel to come into this fight very determined, so I must be ready for anything he brings. I’m the hungriest I’ve ever been going into a fight. My plan is to knock him out and leave no doubt who the winner is.

“This camp has been challenging because of all the hard work I’ve put in each day. I’m going hard daily with my strength and conditioning, and the sparring I’ve been getting has been with elite fighters, so it’s been a grueling training camp, but one that has me in the best shape of my life.

“Bob Santos is my head coach and we did most of our training in Las Vegas before finishing off in Mexico City at [WBC Featherweight World Champion] Rey Vargas’ gym. On fight night, all the fans are going to see an explosive version of me. I’m ready to go!

“This fight is for the interim title, so a victory puts me in position to fight for the championship in my next fight. Everything is on the line in this fight and I’m not going to let this opportunity pass me by. I have one thing on my mind and that is to come out victorious by any means necessary. I will become the new king at middleweight soon.

Adames wants to join fellow Dominicans Alberto Puello and Hector Garcia as world champions, who hold the WBA junior welterweight and WBA super featherweight championships respectively.

“Hector Garcia and Alberto Puello are my brothers, I love them very much, and for the first time in the history of boxing, the Dominican Republic has more current world champions than Cuba and Puerto Rico,” Adames said.

“Them both winning world titles on the same night was a great moment for our country. My motivation to become a world champion is burning in my heart and is the reason I’ve taken my training to the next level. I’m going to follow in their footsteps and together we will make history.

“Fighting on this stage is every fighter’s dream and I’m going to bring a great performance to all the fans tuning in. I want all those watching to realise that I’m not a boring fighter that just likes to win on points. I’m coming to make a statement with a vicious knockout, putting the entire middleweight division on notice.

“Everyone watching this fight is going to love my style, because I bring excitement to the ring.”