By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions boss Oscar De La Hoya says he wants to do a fight soon between Jaime Munguia and IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin. De La Hoya thinks the Golovkni vs. Munguia fight will be the “fight of the year” when it happens.
Munguia hasn’t shown the ability to be competitive with a fighter of Golovkin’s caliber. Last Saturday, Munguia looked slow as he beat the little-known D’Mitrius Ballard by a third-round knockout.
It’s unclear where Golden Boy found Ballard, but as bad as Munguia looks, it’s a good thing they used him as an opponent. If Munguia had fought a good middleweight, he would have lost.
Jaime already has to campaign at 168 because his body is too big for the 160-pound division.
Unfortunately, Munguia (39-0, 31 KOs) is unlikely to get a title shot against Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) in 2022. Golovkin fights Ryota Murata in April, then, depending on the success of the negotiations, GGG will face Canelo Alvarez on September 17.
Munguia must face a living body at 160
It would be great for Munguia to take care of winning a title against Golovkin by beating Janibek Alimkhanuly rather than expecting a giveaway based on wins over weak opposition.
At least if Munguia beats Janibek, De La Hoya can tell fans that he earned a title shot rather than receiving one based on wins over those fighters:
- Gabe Rosado, 36 years old
- Tureano Johnson, 38
- Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, 37
- D’Mitrius Ballard
- Kamil Szeremeta
If the goal is to obtain from Munguia a collectionthat he has no chance of winning against Golovkin is not very reassuring.
Some boxing fans probably like the idea of Golovkin and Munguia fighting, but it doesn’t mean as much due to the little opposition Jaime faced at middleweight to get this fight.
Munguia received a high ranking with the WBC and WBO at 160 based on wins over beatable guys. It would be understandable for Munguia to be ranked No. 1 with the WBC and WBO if he had beaten Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, Chris Eubank Jr or Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Granted, Munguia never beat anyone of note in his two years as WBO junior middleweight champion, but he had an excuse at the time because there weren’t many quality fighters in the lineup. division at the time.
“I think a Jaime Munguia – GGG fight in the near future can deliver a lot of action, can deliver a great fight, fight of the year just based on their styles,” De La Hoya told The Gateway to Fight Club.
“Jaime Munguia, a devastating puncher. He has a lot of heart. He has a great fan-friendly style that can only make this a great fight against Gennadiy Golovkin,” said De La Hoya.
Now that Munguia is fighting at 160, he had the opportunity to face Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade, and he failed to take advantage of it.
It’s understandable coming from a fighter who’s set for a cashout against Golovkin, but it’s still pathetic if that’s what the goal is for undefeated Munguia.
De La Hoya is not helping Munguia by pitting him against weak opposition in the past two years since moving up to middleweight.
“We know Golovkin is a guy who never shy away from a challenge,” De La Hoya said.
“He goes all the time in their front, face-to-face, action-packed fights. So we are confident that a Jaime Munguia vs GGG fight will be epic for both guys,” De La Hoya said.
Rather than De La Hoya taking on Munguia against talented 160 opposition like Janibek Alimkhanuly, Chris Eubank Jr, Demetrius Andrade, Jermall Charlo or even Sergiy Derevyanchenko, he was fed these sub-level opponents:
- D’Mitrius Ballard
- Gabe Rosado
- Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan
- Tureano Johnson
- Kamil Szeremeta
Munguia’s fight last Saturday night on DAZN was against Ballard, who is NOT ranked in the top 15 by any of the four sanctioning bodies. Why Golden Boy faced Munguia against a non-competitor in Ballard is the magic question.
Munguia stopped Ballard in the third round at the Bullring at the Sea in Tijuana, Mexico.