By Dan Ambrose: WBO President Paco Valcarcel announced today that they will order undefeated boxer Alimkhanuly (12-0, 8 KOs) to defend his title against Jaime Munguia in his next fight, provided he defeats his opponent Denzel Bentley next month. next on November 12th.
The question is whether Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes the undefeated 26-year-old Munguia (40-0, 32 KOs), will give him the opportunity to take the fight against Janibek.
With the punching power, speed and boxing skills that Southpaw Janibek possesses, Golden Boy is unlikely to let Munguia face him.
Munguia’s opposition has been pretty weak throughout his nine-year career, especially since he hit 160 in 2020.
If he were to face Janibek, he would give a big step up in class to the Mexican, and he doesn’t have the experience requirements to take on a fighter in this class.
With how similar Golden Boy is to Munguia, it’s doubtful that he’ll have the experience needed before moving up to heavyweight, which you could argue he already has.
Munguia is big for the 160-lb division and already looks like a full 168-pounder after just two years in the heavyweight division.
Golden Boy has been trying to get 40-year-old Gennady Golovkin, the WBA middleweight champion, to defend Munguia, and you can see why.
It would be a win-win situation for Munguia & Golden Boy if they were to take on the aging Golovkin. Even if Munguia were to lose to GGG, the money he would get for this fight would be huge, making it worthwhile.
However, with the way Golovkin has looked in his last four fights, Munguia will have a good chance of beating him. Golovkin seems to have lost his hand speed over the last four years, and in his last fight against Canelo Alvarez on September 17th, he was unable to land his shots.
The 29-year-old Janibek will defend his recent WBO middleweight title against #14 ranked Denzel Bentley (17-1-1, 14 KOs) on November 12th on ESPN at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
Bob Arum’s top-ranked promoter wants to make 2016 Olympian Janibek a star, and he would be thrilled if he could fight Munguia for his hair.
Dangerous southpaw Janibek was promoted to WBO middleweight title last August after former belt holder Demetrius Andrade chose not to fight him.