De La Hoya Wants Canelo Vs. Munguia, Fans Favor Benavidez Fight

Oscar De La Hoya has talked up a potential fight between Canelo Alvarez and Jaime Munguia.

Munguia is preparing to face one of Canelo’s former opponents, John Ryder, on January 27, 2024, expecting to win. Mungia is undefeated, with a record of 42-0, which includes 33 knockouts. This will be Mungia’s third fight at 168, having faced Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Gonzalo Gaston Coria in the weight class. He is currently ranked number one by the WBO and two by the WBC. De La Hoya backed Canelo vs. Mungia to be a big fight.

“Look, I think it’ll [Canelo vs. Munguia] will be a huge mega-fight, I really do.  I think Canelo-Munguia will be huge, but first thing is first. First, Ryder and then Canelo have to decide, and he holds all the cards, and we respect that. One thing about Canelo is history shows, he’s fighting top guys, taking all the challenges.

“I might have criticized him a bit because I had a thorn in my side because he decided to work with another promoter. So, if he picks Benavidez or Munguia, which I would advocate towards because we haven’t seen a Mexican-Mexican fight championship at the elite level [in ages],” De La Hoya said

While it is an all-Mexican clash, making it ideal for a Cinco De Mayo weekend clash, the expectation is for Canelo to face David Benavidez. The Mexican Monster is the current WBC Interim Champion at 168, having stopped Demetrius Andrade in his last fight.

Canelo is coming off a one-sided win over Jermell Charlo, who moved up two weight classes from 154 pounds, leaving boxing fans with little to go on over his current form. Another possible name is a rematch with Dmitry Bivol at 175 pounds. That was Canelo’s only second loss, claiming he had injured his hand in the fight. But anything other than a Benavidez fight was criticized.

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