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Munguia vs. Canelo 2024?


By Raymundo Dioses
Photo: Marlene Marquez

 

Rising star Jaime Munguia once again put the boxing world on notice as the Tijuana, Mexico native slugged it out against veteran Gabriel Rosado at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California for twelve mostly action-packed rounds.

Munguia, (38-0, 30 KO) threw a course of combinations early on against Rosado in a fight that was contested for the World Boxing Organizations Inter-Continental middleweight title and at times displayed the concussive type power that has made him a fan favorite for the past several years.

What is yet to be answered by the 25-year-old is if he is truly ready for a mega bout against a middleweight or super middleweight opponent.

The longtime WBO super welterweight title holder has had highlight reel moments, yet a highlight bout has yet to be recorded.

Is the Rosado unanimous decision win Munguia’s “get in” fight that catapults him to pay per view status against elite competition?

For several years, fight fans have called for Munguia to fight Canelo Alvarez, the sports No. 1 pound for pound Everlast thrower.

In April 2018, Munguia was to serve as a replacement opponent for Alvarez when the fighter tested positive for a banned substance prior to a rematch against Gennadiy Golovkin.

However, the Nevada State Athletic Comissiom nixed a Munguia-Golovkin fight, rejecting Munguia as not experienced enough to face 3G despite boasting a 28-0 record with 24KO at the time.

In the years since, Munguia has notched KO after KO as fans have clamored for an all-Mexican bout against Canelo, yet the TJ fighter, trained by legend Erik Morales, has shown glimpses of a steak that needs a bit more seasoning.

Elsewhere on this site you can see top notch photos taken by Marlene Marquez showing Munguia’s head being snapped back by Rosado throws. The crafty veteran was not only able to shoot through Munguia’s guard at various points of the fight, he was also able to muscle around Munguia and back the fighter to the ropes.

“In 2-3 years, I can see Munguia being the fighter to beat Canelo,” said reporter Marcos Escamilla ringside during the fight. It was hard not to agree with the assessment, yet it was easy to see the holes and continued need for knowledge that Munguia must get to in order to have his best shot to unseat the biggest star in the sport.

For now, Munguia’s stock will continue to rise as the talented fighter hones his craft and builds his brand.

Munguia is strong, young and perhaps a few steps away from attaining the elusive fight that makes him a breakout star in the sport.

The crowd hollered during Munguia’s post fight in-ring interview when GGG’s name was mentioned as a possible opponent in 2021. Golovikin fights next month, and a match next year against GGG May serve as a sufficient prelude to a possible match up against ‘Kid Cinnamon’ Canelo.

Munguia vs Canelo on Cinco De Mayo 2024?

Possibly.




 

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