Canelo-Munguia Undercard Divides Fans; Boots Ennis Missing

Canelo Alvarez vs. Jaime Munguia’s undercard has been announced, with Jaron Ennis noticeably missing. 

Canelo will put his Undisputed Super Middleweight Title on the line against the undefeated Munguia on May 4. Alvarez was criticized for not fighting David Benavidez, his WBC super middleweight mandatory. The Mexican was accused of ducking Benavidez after demanding $150-200 million for the fight. 

To keep the fans interested in the fight, it is vital to provide a solid undercard. Jaron Ennis, the IBF Welterweight Champion, was linked as a possible feature. Boots’ previous boxing fight was a stoppage win over Roiman Villa last July. He is currently suing NOW Boxing over a breach of contract.

Ennis was ordered to face his IBF welterweight mandatory Cody CrowleyPurse bids for the Crowley fight were set for March 19. However, Crowley will now face Souleymane Cissokho in a WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator clash. With Ennis off the card, the other bouts have received a mixed response. 

Mario Barrios, the WBC Interim Welterweight Champion, will box Fabian Maidana. Barrios secured the title after beating Yordenis Ugas last September. Maidana can upset the applecart as he heads into the fight on a four-fight win streak. 

Brandon Figueroa, the WBC Interim Featherweight Champion, takes on Jessie Magdaleno. Figueroa has two wins in his last three fights, his only loss coming against the ex-WBC and WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Stephen Fulton.

Meanwhile, Magdaleno is looking to bounce back after losing to Raymond Ford in his fight. To round things off, WBA Interim Welterweight Champion Eimantas Stanionis boxes Gabriel Maestra. Stanionis has a 14-0 record and is the heavy favorite against the 37-year-old Maestra, who is 6-0-1.


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