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Jaime Munguia :: Time To Move On Up

Posted: 16-04-2019
Author: Andy Farr

 Jaime Munguia vs Dennis Hogan
 WBO World Super-welterweight Title
 Saturday 13th April 2019
 Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
 Golden Boy Promotions

Boxing fans have got over the Canelo vs GGG I and II decisions, and Canelo appears to be back in the international fans good books as well as his adoring Mexican followers. His upcoming fight with IBF middleweight boss Danny "Miracle Man" Jacobs proves that the flame-haired warrior only wants to fight the best.

Another Mexican with a big future got away with a dubious decision of his own this past weekend when WBO super-welterweight titlist Jaime Munguia was awarded a gift decision over tough Aussie Dennis Hogan who in most viewer's eyes won clearly.
I hope that Hogan gets either a rematch or a title shot as the No1 contender because the sport of boxing needs justice to be seen to be done. Munguia, on the other hand, looks like he needs to go up in weight and campaign in the 160lb division alongside his fellow Mexican, Saul Canelo Alvarez.

Jaime Munguia vs Sadam Ali
Mexican star Jaime Munguia rips the WBO Super-welterweight title away from Sadam Ali in 4 rounds.

At 6ft tall, the gangling 22-year-old will be better suited to the higher weight division. He has had tough defences against Liam Smith, Takeshi Inoue and now Hogan in his 4 defences of the title he won from Sadam Ali in 4 rounds back in May 2018.

Munguia takes too many over-hand rights, and lefts in the case of "Beefy" Smith to hope for a long career. He has great power and seems to like to fight coming forward, applying pressure, but his leaky defence will catch up on him at some stage.

Promoters Golden Boy has a tough job here. Munguia had to go for the title against blown up Welterweight Sadam Ali when he got the opportunity but has found it tough as the defending champion. Only Canadian Brandon Cook has failed to hear the final bell against the Tijuana native in his 4 defences.

Jaime Munguia vs Dennis Hogan poster
The vast majority of onlookers scored the fight in favour of Dennis Hogan.

After the Hogan fight, Munguia did indicate that he would be open to a rematch against the transplanted Irishman, but surely Golden Boy CEO and former multi-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya knows that a move up in weight is overdue for his young star.
Whether a move up to Middleweight would help the young Mexican to start getting his head out of the way of so many over-hand punches will remain to be seen, but his trainers need to prioritize this to the top of their to-do list as it will make an old fighter out of Munguia in no time at all.

At 160lb he will face heavier punchers of course, which is why it is essential that he gets a better defence added to his armoury because the likes of Canelo, Golovkin, Jacobs and Charlo will hit with far more authority then Smith, Inoue and Hogan.

Facing Hogan again at 154lbs will be a risk, and I'm not sure De La Hoya will see it as a risk worth the reward.