On an absolutely loaded weekend of boxing, a weekend that is synonymous with boxing, Mexican Independence day weekend. It was the young Mexican champ that gave the weeks best performance. Jaime Munguia rebounded nicely from his sub-par majority decision victory over Dennis Hogan back in April, a fight most observers thought he lost, with a sensational knockout this past Saturday. Picking up his 34th win in 34 fights and scoring the 27th knockout of his unbeaten career via fourth-round TKO over the game Patrick Allotey of Ghana. This marked Munguia’s fifth consecutive title defense of his WBO 154-pound belt it also awarded earned him our Fighter of the Week award. It was the Tijuana natives first fight with hall of famer Erik Morales as his trainer. It was also, perhaps the best and most complete performance the Tijuanan has put together since winning the world title against Sadam Ali 16-months ago.
When Jamie Munguia and Patrick Allotay faced off in the center of the ring for final instructions it was obvious that Munguia was the much larger and physically stronger man in the ring. Munguia worked that huge natural advantage to a T. As he would wear down the smaller Allotey. After a relatively slow start, Munguia seemed to figure out a few things about his opponent and began the demolition in round three. The champ began closing the distance and ripped Allotey with a left hook to the body followed by an uppercut that dropped the challenger. The tough Ghanaian fighter was able to get to his feet but was dropped a second time by another vicious combination that landed right before the bell rang to end the third round. The fourth started when the third round ended with Munguia on the attack, banging the body of Allotey. Another perfectly placed left hook to the body put Allotey down with a delayed reaction. This shot caused Allotey’s corner to step in and call off the bout and give Munguia the fourth round TKO victory.
Munguia’s run as a massively large junior middleweight is complete. He will likely move onto the middleweight division, were at 6’0 tall and built like a rock, he will still be big for the division. At just 22-years of age Munguia is with the right promotional company and will be considered for an all Golden Boy match up with Canelo in the very near future. He will also be looked at to fight the other top 160-pounders such as Gennady Golovkin and Demetrius Andrade who all fight on DAZN. Coming off of this type of improved performance and now teamed up with the legendary Erik Morales as his trainer and still just 22-years old Munguia will likely be a major player and a serious threat to everyone in the star-studded middleweight division for many years to come.