On what was another absolutely loaded weekend of the sweet science, that featured veterans as well as blue-chip prospects. It was a fan favorite who stole the show and made the loudest statement to capture the attention of the boxing world. Jaime Munguia, the now 25-year-old from Tijuana, Mexico gave perhaps the best performance he has since he dominated Sadam Ali at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY back in 2018 to capture the WBO 154-Pound strap. It was nearly four years ago that Munguia captured the attention and wonder of boxing fans. he may finally be living up to the incredible expectations that were placed on him at that time. He scored a sensational third-round TKO of “Big Meech” D’Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, Maryland to move his career record to 39-0 (31), takes home our prestigious Fighter of the Week award, and re-establish himself as a world-class, elite-level middleweight.
Munguia came out light on his feet firing a jab. Not like the blunt object, come forward fighter he’s been typecasted as. He began to settle down and establish his power jab. Clearly looking to set things up after the feeling out process that was the opening round and about 30 seconds in scored the first punch of significance a left hook that caught Meech in the temple he replicated the feat moments later. Munguia began imposing his Will walking his man down and pressuring him against the ropes mixing in head and body shots the end might be near. It indeed was as Munguia picked it up in round three hurting Ballard early and often firing off left hooks to the head and body that hurt the American. Munguia breakthrough with a left hook that sent Ballard reeling into the corner a barrage of shots put Ballard down. The hurt American battled valiantly. He got to his feet but Munguia jumped on his man like a dog on fear and finished the show like a champion. Another barrage of power shots had Ballard out on his feet and forced the referee to stop the bout 1:47 into round 3. Giving Munguia his 39th win and 31st stoppage in 39 professional bouts.
Munguia is certainly on a shortlist of the most improved fighters! He has come a long way since his highway robbery victory against Dennis Hogan and his struggles with the likes of Spike O’Sullivan and Takeshi Inoue. He is now ordered by the WBO to battle with Janibek Alimkhanuly in a scrap between two unbeaten who happen to be the two highest-ranked 160-pound. Should he win that elimination bout, mega bouts are on the horizon. An Andrade-Munguia bout could be ordered and seems extremely realistic as Andrade has not had a ton of big fights and Munguia would likely represent his best opponent to date. There have also been extended talks and rumors about a GGG-Munguia fight as well. That however may need to be tabled if GGG and Canelo square off for a third and likely final time.