Jaime Munguia Moving Up to Middleweight

WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia has announced his upcoming title defense will be his last fight at the weight class.

At a press conference earlier this week to promote his upcoming fight with Patrick Allotey, Munguia announced intentions to move up from 154 to 160. Munguia has expressed plans to move up in weight previously, and there were even negotiations for a possible fight with Jessie Vargas at a catchweight of 156 lbs.

>Moving up in weight means Munguia would be passing up on potential unification bouts with WBC champion Tony Harrison and WBA/IBF unified champion Julian Williams next year.

The undefeated Munguia, competing on short notice, knocked out Sadam Ali in May 2018 to win the WBO championship. He has since made four defenses of the belt, retaining against Liam Smith, Brandon Cook, Takeshi Inoue and Dennis Hogan. The Hogan fight, which took place in April, saw some controversy, as plenty thought Hogan did enough to deserve the nod.

Before the 22-year-old was booked to face Ali, there were negotiations for him to face then- WBA/WBC/IBF unified middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin that same month, following Canelo Alvarez’s forced withdrawal from a failed drug test. The Nevada State Athletic Commission refused the bout.

By moving up to middleweight, Munguia will hope for an eventual showdown with either Alvarez or GGG.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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