Munguia: I Can Be At The Level Of GGG Or Canelo
After winning the WBO junior middleweight title against Sadam Ali, Jaime Munguia is set to make his first defense against the man he replaced in that title fight, Liam Smith, on July 21st in Las Vegas.
Munguia is grateful to the Nevada State Athletic Commission,because if they didn’t deny him his chance against Gennady Golovkin, he may not be world champion.
“The potential fight against Gennady Golovkin really got my name out there,” Munguia told reporters at Wednesday’s open workouts. “It allowed me to get the opportunity to fight for a world title. I’m grateful for that. I’m also grateful that the NSAC didn’t allow me to fight against Golovkin because it lead to this world title.
“I’m always 100% ready. I got the call to fight Sadam Ali with only two weeks notice. The only struggle was to lose the weight, but other than that I was ready. I knew my advantage was my reach and my power. I knew that he was a smaller fighter. Those were the keys to my victory.”
Munguia knows that a fight like this against Smith can open some big doors for him. “Everyone is going to talk about to me after this fight, the champion said this week.
“This will open up more opportunities, and people will mention my name with the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.”
When asked about his opponent, Munguia did concede that Smith had the edge on him when it comes to “big fights,” but feels that his own experience as a pro and amateur will take him over the top.
“I had over 100 fights as an amateur. All this experience gives me a lot of confidence when I step into the ring. Also, Smith might say that he’s a natural 154-pounder, but I want to tell him that I’m a natural 160-pounder who drops down. I’m very happy with the training camp we had and very confident about this fight.”