Munguia To Defend Against Smith On July 21
New WBO junior middleweight champion, Jaime Munguia will make his first title defense on July 21st, as he travels to Las Vegas to battle Liam Smith at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The fight, set for HBO’s Boxing After Dark, will be the first fight Munguia has had since defeating Sadam Ali for the title with a fourth round TKO.
“I’m very excited and thankful with everyone that made this possible,” said Jaime Munguia.“I invite the fans to go and see me live or to tune in on HBO. I will defend my WBO title with pride and honor. See you in Vegas!”
Smith will make his Vegas debut in his first title challenge since losing the WBO junior middleweight title in 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, the same title he challenges for on July 21st.
When asked about the opportunity to fight again for the title, against the man who replaced him earlier this year against Ali due to injury, Smith claimed its a dream come true.
“To go to Vegas and fight for a world title is every fighter’s dream,” said Liam Smith.”But it’s only an extra incentive to my main motivation – getting that WBO world junior middleweight title back around my waist.
“Munguia is obviously a dangerous puncher and I’ll have to be wary of him early on, but he’s never fought someone as good as me and a fully-fledged 154lb fighter. I can’t afford to look an inch past Munguia though. He’s world champion for a reason and with such a high knockout percentage, I’m going to have to be my best ever. Unfortunately for Munguia, that’s what I’ll be.”