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Munguia: "I Want To Face Alvarez,
So I Have To Stay Undefeated";
No Love Lost Between Lemieux & O'Sullivan

By Daniel Cloutier
Photos: Tom Hogan - HoganPhotos/Golden Boy


LAS VEGAS - The WBO super welterweight champion of the world, the Mexican Jaime Munguia, has huge ambitions. “I really want to fight Saul Canelo Alvarez, but to keep this ambition, I got to stay undefeated Saturday evening…. and Alvarez has to beat Gennady Golovkin,” said Munguia Thursday afternoon at the undercard final press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino. “I tried to face Golovkin a few months ago, but this fight never became reality. Then, my ambition now is to fight Alvarez. I am ready to move up in the middleweight division to face Alvarez.”

Munguia, a fighter of 154 pounds, has a perfect record: 30-0-0, with 25 wins by KO or TKO.

Before the WBA and WBC middleweight (160 pounds) championship of the world opposing Golovkin (38-0-1), from Kazakstan, to Alvarez (49-1-2), a Mexican, Munguia will face the Canadian Brendon Cook (20-1-0), from Toronto. Cook was dreaming since long time to get a shot for a world title.

“Cook, obviously, is determined to surprise me Saturday evening, but I am mentally, physically and technically ready for this challenge,” said Munguia. “Like I said, I got to keep my perfect record, and I will achieve tisto reach my goal. Cook has the reputation to be a very aggressive fighter, but it’s absolutely not a problem for me. I am myself an intense fighter. I got an excellent preparation, and I am impatient to be in the ring. I am positive that my fans will be plenty satisfy of the result of my fight Saturday evening.”

Cook is the fighter who inflicted to the Montrealer Steven Butler his only loss in pro boxing (24-1-1) in 2017 in the ring of the Bell Centre in Montréal. Cook defended successfully his NABA North American super welterweight championship in beating Butler by TKO in the seventh round.

“Since a long time, my dream is to become world champion, and I have this opportunity now,” said Cook. “I know I have a good opponent, he is tall, solid on his legs, good technically, but I will fight with intensity from the beginning to the end to dethrone him. I am positive I have the weapons to become the new WBO champion of the world.”

Before the presentation of the two world championships bouts of the evening, the former IBF middleweight champion of the world, the Montrealer middleweight David Lemieux (39-4-0), will face the Irish Garry O’Sullivan (28-2-0), who is ranked third contender by the WBA and sixth by the WBC in the 160 pounds division.

“Lemieux, you are a piece a shit,” said O’Sullivan while looking at Lemieux at this undercard press conference. “I will kick your butt Saturday evening.”

Lemieux replied: “O’Sullivan, I a, gonna close your big dirty mouth Saturday evening. Your big dirty mouth gonna receive so many power shots, you will finish the fight on your butt.”

The hostility is clear between these two middleweights. “O’Sullivan can make all the declarations he wants, Lemieux is gonna knock him out,” said Lemieux’s promoter, the former world champion Oscar De La Hoya, the big boss of Golden Boy Promotions in Los Angeles. “David is so motivated to beat this guy. I am not worried at all.”

The Montrealer promoter Camille Estephan, who is Lemieux’s manager, said: “I totally agree with Oscar De La Hoya. The fight will be nasty and spectacular, but David will be the big winner… and he is gonna win by KO, possibly in a pretty short fight.”

Marc Ramsay, Lemieux’s trainer, is very calm at few hours of the big moment. “David Lemieux got a fantastic training camp, and I am positive he will offer us a splendid performance Saturday evening,” said Ramsay. “David is always motivated at few hours or few days of a significant fight, but I can tell you that his motivation is really at the top now.”

Roman Gonzalez (46-2-0), from Nicaragua, the WBC second contender in the super flyweight (112 pounds) division, will fight the Mexican Moises Fuentes (25-5-1). Gonzalez got a perfect record of 46-0-0 in 2016, but he lost the two fights in 2017, each time against Wisaksil Wangek (46-4-1), a fighter from Thailand. Wanseg won the first fight by KO in the fourth round, the second one by unanimous decision, each time in a WBC super lightweight championship of the world.

“I am in perfect physical condition, then, I will certainly be energetic in that fight,” said Gonzalez. “I am expecting to deliver a great performance, and no doubt in my mind, I will finish the bout in the winning’s corner.”

Fuentes smiled in hearing Gonzalez. “Gonzalez is established favorite to win this fight, but I don’t care,” said Fuentes. “I will cause a huge surprise Saturday evening.”

Jut before the fight Gonzalez-Fuentes, we will have an all Ortiz bout. The Texan super lightweight Vergil Ortiz (10-0-0) will face the Mexican Roberto Ortiz (35-2-2).

“I am expecting a tough fight, but I am ready for it,” said Vergil Ortiz. “I want so much to move up in the ratings and reach soon the Top 15 or the Top 10 of the international ratings. Then, I got to win significant bouts, including this one.”

Roberto Ortiz replied: “My opponent is one of the best prospect in boxing. Trust me, I will do everything possible to inflict him his first lost in pro boxing. And I am extremely confident to achieve it.”


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