Not to brag but we at 3DBoxing were the only one on record, that we are aware of that, that picked Jamie Munguia to pull the upset and stop WBO 154-Pound champ, Sadam Ali. Even we didn’t expect the brutal beat down that took place in Verona, NY, this past weekend. Jamie Munguia, who was the Ring Magazines prospect of the year is a massively large Jr. Middleweight, so large that Roy Jones Jr said he looked like a light heavyweight. In additional to being one of the biggest 154-pounders in history, Munguia throws clean, crisp punches that he sits down on really well, the jab is a shotgun, the right hand and left hook are short and fundamentally sound. Munguia proved to be the quintessential power puncher. The power is real. He hurt Ali every single time he landed. Yes, Munguia is naturally larger than Ali, but he dented him every single time he landed cleanly. GGG did not hurt Kell Brook like this every single time he landed, Canelo didn’t hurt Khan like this everytime he landed. Yes, they stopped the much smaller opposition but they landed plenty of shots that didn’t stagger them. This is not true with Munguia, who had something extra on every shot he landed. The power is real.
When Canelo burst onto the scene back on May 1st, 2010, against Jose Miguel Cotto on the Mayweather/Mosley undercard, Canelo took some shots and was in a bit of trouble at times before setting the record straight and stopping the elder Cotto brother in the 9th round. Cotto was also naturally a smaller man, a natural 147 pounder. This was the unofficial birth of Canelo mania in America. He became an instant attraction immediately following this performance. Munguia’s performance against Saddam Ali was infinitely better against a defending world champion who just had the performance of his life in beating a legend. Munguia destroyed and outclassed an opponent that everyone picked to beat him. Munguia literally made the current Champ look like he did not even belong in the same ring with him.
In doing so Munguia has made the 154-pound division, oh so much more interesting. The division that is sandwiched between perhaps the two most talent-loaded and glamours divisions in the sport right now just got a lot more interesting and is just as deep and competitive as the two weight classes that surround it. Matching Munguia with the other two champs Hurd and Jermell Charlo or Cuban master boxer Erislandy Lara certainly peeks the interest of fight fans anywhere and will certainly lead to plenty of debate. Matching the Mexican knockout against UK favorite Kell Brook would spell disaster for Special K and you can rest assure that none of Eddie Hears new found billion dollars will go towards putting his man in the ring with the new WBO champ. The most interesting of these fights would be a unification bout with WBA/IBF Champ Jarrett Swift Hurd who is coming off of a fight of the year type of win over Lara. This fight would match two of the most massively big and strong Jr Middles that we have ever seen. Two fighters that like to let it go in the center of the ring and posses the power to change the fight at any time. For the first time, Swift would perhaps be the smaller fighter in the ring. Munguia would have to face someone with relentlessness and come forward pressure that gets stronger as the night goes longer. Something would have to give, and the winner would be the fight fans for sure.
In July of 2007, Paul The Punisher Williams and Antonio Margarito met up for a different WBO belt, the welterweight strap and the two aggressive powerful come forward punches who were “too big” for the weight class and didn’t belong in the welterweight division gave us an instant classic that is not forgotten more than a decade later and the verdict is still debated. Williams and Margarito were two of the biggest welters in history but they made 147. Similarly, Hurd and Munguia are two of the largest 154 pounders, but guess what? They make the weight. Munguia made the weight on relatively short notice meaning he can make it relatively easy and stays close to the weight in between fights and doesn’t even need a full 8-12 week weight camp to shrink down to the weight. So contrary to what you heard and to the dismay of the rest of the division, Munguia may have a longer than expected stay at 154. A Hurd-Mungia unification bout, which Hurd said in the immediate aftermath of Munguia’s destruction of Ali, is what he wants. A comment he later doubled down by liking our Tweet that called #HurdMunguia a dream fight. It would be brutal warfare for as long as it lasted and it probably wouldn’t go 12, the bout between the two massive 154-pound champs screams fight of the year and while both guys still making weight lets see it now.
Jamie Munguia was used as a replacement first for GGG when Canelo popped dirty. Unfortunately, he was declined by the NSAC and then again was used in a pinch for Sadam Ali’s first title defense when Liam Smith came down with some funky skin condition that stopped him from training. While we were right in calling the Munguia upset and we were right in saying it was a more winnable fight for Munguia than was Golovkin, which is true. We implied that Munguia probably wouldn’t have had much of a shot in a GGG fight, with no noticeable size advantage for GGG could Munguia have pushed and possibly defeated the unified middleweight champ? Who knows, sure as heck would have done a better job than vanes Martirosyan did, That is not us predicting Mungia to beat GGG. Just saying let’s see that too!