TUCSON (KVOA) -- Juan Macias Montiel has waited a long time for his chance.
The Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico-born boxer turned pro and fought his first fight in November 2009.
Saturday night in Houston, Texas he will fight for a major championship for the first time in his career when he takes on Jermall Charlo for the WBC World Middleweight title.
Montiel, the nephew of Fernando Montiel, who held boxing world championships in three different weight classes, spent the final weeks of his pre-fight camp training here in Southern Arizona running the road and hills of Mt. Lemmon.
The 27-year old, who goes by the nickname Juanito, has won 22 of his 26 professional bouts and all 22 of those wins have come by way of knockout.
Charlo, a Houston-native, is undefeated in 31 fights with 22 knockouts and is a heavy favorite in the title showdown which will take place at the Toyota Center.
The fight will air on Showtime with preliminary bouts beginning at 6 p.m. Tucson time.
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