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Munguia Edges Derevyanchenko
In Action Fight In Ontario, California

By Raymundo Dioses
Photos: Marlene Marquez


Jamie Munguia packed the house with 7,647 lively fans and scored a decision win against a game opponent in Sergio Derevyanchenko in a DAZN main event in Ontario, California.

Munguia (42-0, 33KO) welcomed tough exchanges from the outset, ready and willing to trade against Derevyanchenko at will, leading to a spirited fight that had the crowd mostly on its feet.

The first 60 seconds featured highlight reel action as both fighters sought to establish their dominance, to the delight of the Toyota Arena crowd. As the rounds continued, as did the action inside the ring with both fist throwers throwing caution to the wind.

"It was a sensational fight… It was difficult to catch him, at at the end of the fight I caught him, and it was a good decision,” said Munguia in reference to the late knockdown and close decision.

In the fifth frame, Derevyanchenko landed solid connects on Munguia and was on the verge of a stoppage as the bell sounded.

After playing chess for most of the sixth round, the fighters again let their hands go, in what was the storyline for most of the fight: Let’s give Ontario a show to remember.

It was much of the same in the seventh, chess followed by a rock em’ sock em’ exchange as the ten second bell sounded. It was evident by this point that both fighters were willing to do what it took to get an emphatic win.

Derevyanchenko weathered some shots from Munguia in the eighth and proceeded to deliver some offense of his own midway through the round. Fatigue was neither present nor an option for either combatant at that point.

Following round nine Munguia took to his stool with bruising at his eye from the continued blows being traded.

In the tenth Munguia caught Derevyanchenko with a punch while he backed up, which buckled Derevyanchenko. The two continued to duke it out for the remainder of the round.

The war of attrition continued in round eleven, seeing Munguia land the most telling blow of the fight which finally put one of the fighters in retreat, with Derevyanchenko taking a step or two backward and clinching in order to make it to round twelve.

The twelfth was more of the same until Munguia notched the lone knockdown of the fight. Derevyanchenko was able to finish the fight yet the trip to the canvas tilted the fight in Munguia’s favor.

The end result was a decision win by the scores of 115-112, 114-113, 114-113.

Munguia was asked about a possible showdown with countryman Canelo Alvarez as his next bout.

“I think Canelo and I could make a tremendous fight for our country. I’m going to continue to work in the gym and be prepared for what’s next.”

On the undercard, Shane Mosley Jr., (20-4, 11KO) scored an impressive seven round stoppage of opponent D’Mitrius Ballard for the middleweight NABO title in the nights semi-main event.

“I want to be the WBO champion. I’m next!,” said Mosley.


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