Ringside With Raymundo:
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
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
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
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.
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