Beltran: ‘Munguia Can Give Canelo A Fight Of His Life’
At just 23, Jamie Munguia has made a name for himself as a top member of the middleweight division. Controlling the light-middleweight division for a long time, the former WBO Champion relinquished the belt to focus on being a true middleweight. He hopes to one day face the king of the division in Canelo Alvarez.
Fernando Beltran, the promoter of Munguia (35-0), spoke to Boxing Scene about a potential clash between the current WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight Champion in Munguia and Canelo. Is Munguia ready to face the WBA, WBC, The Ring, IBF, and lineal Middleweight Champion?
“Our hope and our dream is to fight Canelo,” Beltran stated. “I really think Munguia can give Canelo a fight of his life. If you want to be the best, you have to fight the best. We’ve been talking to [Munguia co-promoter] Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya and Eric Gomez to see what’s [Munguia’s] next step. We would love to fight any top 160-pound fighter, like Gennady Golovkin.”
Munguia turned professional in 2013. During that time, Canelo was already winning championships. He beat Sadam Ali to win the WBO Light-Middleweight Title and defended it five times. Munguia then beat Gary O’Sullivan for the Inter-Continental Title.
Some are saying that Munguia is too young and inexperienced to be facing the 29-year-old Canelo. Eddie Reynoso, Canelo’s trainer, stated Munguia needs to be more mature to face him. Reynoso also mentioned Munguia’s lack of experience. Canelo happened to be young when he fought and lost to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, but at that point, he had 42 wins. Beltran took a moment to reflect on what Reynoso stated.
“I agree with Eddy Reynoso [that Munguia needs to develop more],” Beltran went on to say. “He is a very good trainer and he knows what he’s doing handling Canelo’s career. Munguia is getting better. He’s feeling stronger and more healthy. Let’s not forget, he’s only 23 years old. He’s not in a rush. We’re not in a hurry. We believe Munguia is at the level of the best fighters out there… I see him being very competitive at 160 and he can be the best of the division, no doubt.”
If Munguia were to win more and hold some gold, he may then be in Canelo’s way. For now, Canelo has plans with boxers like Gennadiy Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders.
Will Munguia get his chance against Canelo?