Jaime Munguia Wants Four Fights in 2019
WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Jaime Munguia is waiting for the details to finalize his next title defense, which will occur on January 26 against Takeshi Inoue in either California or Texas.
Munguia was very productive in 2018; after knocking out Johnny Navarrete in March, he scored a fourth-round TKO of Sadam Ali to claim the WBO Title. He made two successful title defenses against Liam Smith (unanimous decision) and Brandon Cook (third-round TKO).
“We hope that in December we’ll have the details [for the Inoue fight],” Munguia told ESPN Deportes. “I think he is a good opponent, unbeaten Japanese. We know that the Japanese always go with everything, they are like us Mexicans they die on the line. We have to be careful with him, but we have studied him well and I think I can win.”
Munguia plans to not change his quick turnarounds and busy fight schedule in 2019; in fact, he plans for a bigger 2019 than 2018 was for him. If Munguia gets by Inoue, he will have to make a mandatory defense against Dennis Hogan. But following a victory in that fight, he will be able to pursue a variety of options — including potential unification bouts with the likes of Jarrett Hurd or Jermell Charlo.
But Munguia has two other, bigger names on his mind in the weight class above his — WBA/WBC Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez and former unified champion Gennady Golovkin.
“My life did change a lot, now I have to walk up and down, with interviews, a lot of work and most of all I have improved in the gym. It is the moment to throw more in training camp, to be more concentrated,” Munguia said. “I think and I hope 2019 will be a year with many successes. Maybe I would like to unify, we will be looking at that, talking to my promoter, but I plan to do four fights.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene