By Dan Ambrose: Jaime Munguia and his middleweight opponent Tureano Johnson each made weight on Thursday for this Friday’s 12-round headliner contest promoted by Golden Boy on DAZN.
(Picture Credit score: Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos-Golden Boy)
Munguia is hoping to make use of a victory over Johnson as a springboard for a world title shot in 2021 towards Gennady Golovkin, Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade, or Canelo Alvarez. He’s able to struggle any of these champions subsequent 12 months.
The Munguia-Johnson contest will happen on the Fantasy Springs Lodge On line casino in Indio, California.
Munguia and Tureano in nice situation
Former WBO junior-middleweight champion Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) weighed in at 159.Eight lbs and confirmed no indicators of being drained on the weight. His opponent, 36-year-old Johnson (21-2-1, 15 KOs), weighed 159.6 kilos.
The vacant World Boxing Organisation Inter-Continental Center Title can be given to the Munguia vs. Johnson struggle winner.
Different weights on the cardboard:
- Rashidi Ellis 146.Eight vs. Alexis Rocha 146.6
- Elwin Soto 107.four vs. Carlos Buitrago 107.8
- Bektemir Melikuziev 168 vs. Alan Campa 166.6
- Marlen Esparza 111.Eight vs. Sulem Urbina 111.6
Munguia expects a terrific struggle from Tureano
“I’m thrilled to be again this 12 months,” Munguia mentioned to Fino Boxing. “Greater than something on my protection and my velocity. We’ve tried to extend our resistance and energy so we might be prepared for all of the middleweights.
“Nicely, I don’t suppose I’m an ideal fighter, however everybody makes errors. I additionally see tons of holes in his [Tureano] boxing skill. I do know I’ve to watch out as a result of he has a ton of expertise within the Olympics and professionally.
“Total, I’ve continued to study and get higher daily. I’ve put within the laborious work, and I believe will probably be a terrific struggle, and I can be victorious on struggle evening. I believe it’s going to be a terrific struggle, and will probably be a troublesome struggle.
“Tureano has nice expertise, and I respect him as a fighter, and he’s a terrific boxer. I believe we’re getting higher daily, and that is our second to get this win,” mentioned Munguia.
Tureano might expose Munguia’s lack of protection and head motion on this struggle, simply as different fighters have executed. Munguia says he’s bettering, however he hasn’t made progress in his previous fights.
The explanation Munguia has been in a position to preserve successful regardless of his flaws is dimension and energy.
When he was combating at 154, he didn’t have to fret about protection combating the weaker opponents that his promoters matched him towards.
Jaime had the scale benefit at 154
Munguia was big for the junior middleweight division, which helped him cowl up all of the areas that he wanted to enhance on. He did seize the WBO 154-lb title in beating former welterweight Sadam Ali, however that wasn’t a terrific opponent.
Sadam lacked the scale to struggle at 154, and the one cause he briefly held the WBO title is that he beat an injured and previous Miguel Cotto.
Munguia wasn’t examined towards the perfect like Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, and Jarrett Hurd.
As a substitute of combating these guys, Munguia fought these fighters:
- Sadam Ali
- Brandon Cook dinner
- Dennis Hogan
- Liam Smith
- Takeshi Inoue
These fighters had been the perfect of the lot that Munguia fought throughout his time at 154. What’s unknown is that if Golden Boy purposefully stored Munguia away from the gifted fighters at 154.
All you may say is Munguia beat the fellows that Golden Boy caught in entrance of him, however they’d didn’t match him robust. Therefore, Munguia was in a position to keep unbeaten at 154 however with somewhat assist from the questionable scoring in his struggle towards Hogan final 12 months.
Jaime needs a world title shot in 2021 at 160
“I believe it ought to be,” mentioned Munguia when requested if his subsequent struggle can be for a world title. “I’m ranked excessive in all of the sanctioning our bodies [at middleweight]. So it ought to be subsequent 12 months that I’ll be combating for one more world title.
“Who could be my very best opponent? Honestly, I do need to struggle the perfect, and they’re the perfect at 160, so anybody of these names is nice,” Munguia mentioned when requested if he’d prefer to tackle the 160-pound world champions Gennadiy Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo or Demetrius Andrade.
“I’m pleased to be again on October 30th. I need to placed on a terrific present for the Mexicans and everybody else who helps me. We’re prepared, and we had a terrific camp to have a terrific exhibiting on Friday evening. So tune on this Friday, October 30th,” mentioned Munguia.
Golden Boy will probably save Munguia for Canelo quite than Golovkin, Andrade, or Charlo. Until Munguia does one thing particular towards Johnson, there received’t be a lot curiosity in a struggle between him and Canelo subsequent 12 months.