Jaime Munguia’s proposed fights have been dropped twice now due to injuries from his opponents, but his track record remains clear: work to land a fight with IBF middleweight world champion Gennadiy Golovkin as soon as possible. , while keeping a distant view on a confrontation with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
The 24-year-old was scheduled to face Maciej Sulecki on Friday, April 24, before the Polish fighter suffered an injury in training. Then Sulecki’s replacement D’Mitrius Ballard was also reportedly injured. Now his sights are set for June.
However, while waiting for a new opponent and a fight date, the one-two punch of a Munguia plan remained intact. Canelo is currently busy trying to conquer the super middleweight division, with a title unification fight against Billy Joe Saunders scheduled for May 8. A win there and Alvarez would certainly try to book a fight with Caleb Plant for a shot to undisputed glory.
Munguia’s thought is that he could wait for the right time with a victory over his next opponent and what would be a career-decisive victory over Canelo’s longtime rival “GGG”. Defeating Golovkin could help bring Canelo down to 160 pounds for a Mexican marquee match. Munguia thinks the clash is “inevitable”.
“We’re the best fighters in Mexico, so there’s a big possibility,” Munguia told DAZN News in Spanish through an interpreter on Canelo’s challenge one day, before learning that the fight from Ballard was scratched. “I’m not going to say that in the near future, but maybe in the long future. Maybe after two years. If I keep working and he keeps working and we continue to be the best fighters in the world. Mexico, I think it will be inevitable.
“I think the fans are going to keep asking and we’re going to have to give it to them,” he adds. “But at the moment I’m in no rush. I’m happy that we both represent Mexico, we both have a great career and I’m happy for the moment.”
Munguia wants ‘GGG’ before retiring
In the immediate future, a shot against GGG takes priority. In fact, the negotiations for the fight never materialized and Munguia claims to not understand why.
“I don’t know,” Munguia said, when asked about the match. “We had many opportunities to fight. This was not done for some reason. But I think he would be willing to do it.
“I am very interested in this fight and as I want to be considered one of the best, I would like to fight it”, he continues. “Hopefully we can have it by the end of this year or early next year.”
If Munguia doesn’t get the GGG chance he so covets, maybe it could be against one of the other world title holders in the division.
“We are very close to a world title shot. We are at the top of all sanctioning body organizations,” said Munguia. “I’m No. 1 in the WBC. We’re available and ready to fight any of the world champions. I hope we get it this year. Otherwise, we’ll wait.”
The WBC title he mentioned is adorned by Jermall Charlo, who Munguia thinks he will have a big fight against.
But before any of these potential clashes can take shape, Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) will need to avoid getting angry with whoever he faces after two scratched fights.
Munguia, who is coached by Mexican boxing legend and Hall of Fame member Erik Morales, calls the preparation of a new opponent for a minor adjustment.
All title aside, Munguia thinks boxing fans just want to see big fights … especially with the COVID-19 pandemic refusing to be knocked out for the time being.
“My priority is to give good fights to the people,” he said. “Give a big fight, so people can continue to recognize me as one of the best fighters in the division.”