Munguia Wins Controversial Majority Decision vs. Hogan

Jaime Munguia manages to get the fourth successful defense of his WBO Super Welterweight Championship, but not without some controversy, as he edged out mandatory challenger Dennis Hogan by a majority decision in Monterrey, Mexico.

Hogan got off to a great start in the fight, being too quick and tactically avoiding the champion’s punches, as Munguia struggled to find much as Hogan landed. The pace of the bout picked up in round three, with Hogan landing a big overhand right before both men each nailed the other low.

The momentum slowly began to turn in the middle rounds, as Munguia began to land more as Hogan’s punching production began to decrease. The defending champion’s power came into full effect in that span, though Hogan still landed a decent share in the time.

Hogan seemed to get control once again during the championship rounds, even rocking Munguia early on in the 11th. By the end of the round, Munguia looked gassed, and in the final round he threw often, desperate to land as big a punch as he could — or at least enough to hopefully give him the round.

While one judge ruled the bout a 114-114 draw, the other two scored it in Munguia’s favor, 115-113 and 116-112.

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