Golovkin vs. Munguia?

By Robert Ecksel on April 5, 2018
Golovkin vs. Munguia?
According to ESPN.com, unheralded Jaime Munguia may try to replace the irreplaceable.

Forget Billy Joe Saunders. Forget Demetrius Andrade. Forget Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. Forget Sergiy Derevyanchenko…

Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), the undefeated knockout artist from Los Angeles by way of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, may be an honorary Mexican, but he’ll never own Cinco de Mayo like his former opponent, the now-disgraced Canelo Alvarez, did. But with Canelo out of commission, having failed two pre-fight drug tests, the scramble is on to find a suitable opponent incapable of beating Triple G. And if the opponent is young, undefeated, coming up in weight, and a real live Mexican to boot, well, who could ask for anything more?

So forget Billy Joe Saunders. Forget Demetrius Andrade. Forget Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. Forget Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Forget any and every fighter who publicly expressed an interest in fighting Triple G, because that’s not how it rolls.

According to ESPN.com, Jaime Munguia (28-0, 24 KOs), the unheralded 23-year-old super welterweight from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, may replace the irreplaceable in hopes of defying the odds and walking away with Golovkin’s IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight titles.

Munguia’s perfect record looks good on paper, but he has never fought a scheduled 12-round fight and his opposition has been a mixed bag. For example, the last nine men he faced, dating back to February 2017, have a combined 172-88-13 record, and the household names among them are nonexistent.

So, come rain or come shine, the show goes on, with or without Canelo. The fight’s desirability insofar as pay-per-view is concerned ought to be taken into consideration, but expect no change on that front, even if the chances of getting one’s money’s worth are equivalent to Munguia’s chances against Golovkin.

NSAC says nyet

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has put the kibosh on Golovkin vs. Munguia. An ugly mismatch, especially a high visibility ugly mismatch on pay-per-view, is not what boxing needs.

Promoters and managers are jostling to replace Canelo’s recent replacement.

BoxingScene.com reports that Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, is going to make a recommendation this week; Spike O’Sullivan may be in the running. Dangerous Demetrius Andrade, the longest of long shots, is chomping at the bit. And Lou DiBella, Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s promoter, also wants in on the action.

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  1. nicolas 09:21am, 04/10/2018

    LUCAS: Back in those days, it was a little different. People think that America was dominating boxing back in the early 70’s, but the truth is that at the time there were only two Americans who held titles, Frazier and Foster. Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight. So fighting in the US was really not what it is today. roberto duran I believe had already defeated a former world champion from Japan I believe. duran I believe was also being written about by Ring and maybe some other boxing publications before as a future world champ, and this when we often had one champ per weight class. Buchanan was a great boxer, even Duran acknowledged this, but he was smaller than Duran and sure could not his as hard. Can’t compare duran at the time to this fighter from Mexico. Just my opinion.

  2. Docbrax 05:43am, 04/10/2018

    He needs to fight Jacobs again but I believe he is fearful to do that because he would likely lose this time around. Watch him go to a relative unknown or older down the hill fighter

  3. Lucas McCain 01:05pm, 04/09/2018

    Anyone out there ever see this 28-0, 24 KO kid?  Could be a con, but in a nostalgic mood I think back to a favorite lightweight champ of mine fighting at MSG against an undefeated skinny kid who’d had only one fight fight in the USA.  You know—Kenny Buchanan defending against Roberto Duran.  Whatever happened to him.

  4. Nicolas 12:19pm, 04/09/2018

    If this fight does happen, I will lose all respect for Glolovkin. Is Andrade a lefty. I heard some rumors that Glolovkin feels he really needs to train more to fight boxers like that, but if Andrade is available as he says, glolovkin should take that fight, if he is such a great champion. While I was first convinced how great he was when he demolished Mathew Jacklin, it was when Cotto beat the Australian almost the same way as Glolovkin did that I began to question how good he really was. I did have him win over Alvarez, but just by two rounds. And felt that He lost the last two, not the 10th like all the judges had. He failed to close the show. With all the chatter recently from his camp, and even from him, I don’t think he really wanted to fight Alvarez again. father time of course is not on his side. His difficulties with Jacobs and even Brook, I think shows that he is not the real big super star he has been made out to be. I wish that he had been able to fight Martinez, who I know he would have stopped, and Cotto, who he would have beaten. then he might have been actually better against Alvarez. Look also how easily Billly Joe Suanders defeated David Lemieux in his back yard. Saunders would probably give Glolovkin now a run for his money.

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