By Dan Ambrose: Second ranked middleweight Jaime Munguia will face top fighter Gonzalo Coria in the DAZN title on November 19th at Arena Astros in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The fight is for 10 rounds instead of 12, but given that Janibek Alimkhanuly knocked out Coria in two rounds in 2020, it can be predicted that Munguia will stop him early. If he doesn’t do that, it will make him think badly.
It’s unclear why the 26-year-old Munguia (40-0, 32 KOs) is taking on a lower-level opponent, given that his last two opponents, Jimmy Kelly and D’Mitrius Ballard, were top-level fighters. .
With the way Munguia is being adjusted, you have to wonder why his career has stagnated instead of progressing as it should.
Munguia is ranked #1 WBO, #2 WBC, #3 IBF, and #4 WBA at middleweight, and is undefeated against any serious opponents despite having the opportunity to challenge former WBO champions Demetrius Andrade and Janibek Alimkhanuly .
Boxing fans wanted to see Munguia back in action, but against a big fighter, not a small guy like the ones he’s been facing his entire career.
You can argue that the only good name on Munguia’s nine-year development is the 36-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs).
As with Vergil Ortiz Jr, at some point, the presentation of the gold will need to take Mudguia and throw him in the depths to get the world title at 160.
Technically, Munguia was the world champion at 154 from 2018 to 2019, but the opposition he defeated was nothing special. Munguia won the WBO junior middleweight belt against Sadam Ali, who had a big advantage in their fight in 2018.
“Everyone has been waiting for Jaime Munguia’s return to the ring,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “We are very happy that he showed all his fans living in Mexico and around the world on DAZN because he was able to end the year with a win and start 2023 hungrier than ever.”
Hopefully, De La Hoya allows Munguia to challenge WBO middleweight champion Janibek for his title next year, but I don’t count on that happening.
The man Munguia and De La Hoya want is 40-year-old IBF/WBA champion Gennadiy Golovkin. It could happen because Golovkin has some tough options, with him being ordered to face Erislandy Lara and Esquiva Falcao.