Munguia Embraces Discussion with Canelo, GGG
Jaime Munguia is hoping his 2019 is as good as, if not better than, his 2018.
After two fights in Mexico, he was rejected as a replacement for Canelo Alvarez against Gennady Golovkin. But Munguia managed to take a short-notice fight to challenge Sadam Ali for the WBO Light Middleweight Championship. And in stunning fashion, Munguia finished Ali in the fourth round to win the first major world boxing championship of his career.
Munguia followed those bouts up with a unanimous decision in a July title defense against Liam Smith — the man he replaced against Ali — and a third-round TKO in a September defense against Brandon Cook. He now headlines a card in Houston, Texas, this time defending the title against Japan’s Takeshi Inoue.
Many, including Munguia himself, expect 2019 to potentially bring bigger fights and more skilled opponents. However, Golden Boy, his promoter, says they want to take things slowly for Munguia. And that’s fine with the undefeated champion, who looks to fight four times this year.
In fact, he embraces when his name brought up alongside the aforementioned Canelo and GGG, feeling no extra pressure.
“I don’t think there is any pressure with being mentioned with names like Canelo and Golovkin. I like this. It’s fun,” Munguia said. “I’m happy to be in fights like this and to see that we are advancing. So, the truth is we are happy. I am conscious of what I am doing. I think I can move up to 160 pounds and fight any of the two.
It’s a risk because there will always be risks. Those are the two best fighters in the world. We would have to be very careful and come very well prepared. I don’t think it would happen soon, so we have to see what the future holds for us.
The plan for now is for Munguia to move up to 160 within a year, and he feels he may be able to compete at 168 too considering his frame — Munguia is 6 feet tall and is considered a huge light middleweight.
If he gets by Inoue, Munguia’s next defense is expected to be a WBO-mandated one against Dennis Hogan.
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