By Dan Ambrose: Jaime Munguia weighed in at 159.4 lbs and his opponent Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan also weighed in at 159.4 lb during Friday’s weigh-in for their fight this Saturday night on DAZN at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas.
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Jaime Munguia looked dehydrated at weigh-in
Munguia looked drained in making weight, and that’s with him moving up from 154. He had six extra lbs for the margin, but he still looked drained. It’ll be interesting to see how long Munguia is able to campaign at middleweight, since it’s not a good sign that he’s already looking dehydrated and drained in making weight.
If Munguia can stay at 160 for 5 to 7 years, he would enjoy a size advantage over his opponent, and that might help him succeed.
Munguia was viewed as a WEIGHT BULLY at 154 in holding down the WBO title, and he was said to rehydrate to 175 lbs. That’s 21 lbs over the 154-lb limit. It’s a good thing that boxing no longer has same day weigh-ins, considering that would have made it impossible for him Munguia to fight in the division for as long as he did.
This is a fight that will give fans a good idea of whether Munguia is going to have a future in the middleweight division. At 154, Munguia held the WBO title from 2018 to 2019, but he was generally viewed as the weakest of the belt holders in the division.
Munguia wants to fight for a world title after Saturday
“We will look for world titles at 160 pounds for the people that follow me,” said Munguia.
The only title at 160 that Munguia would have a chance of winning right now would be the WBA ‘regular’ belt held by Ryota Murata. That wouldn’t be an easy fight for Munguia either right now. What Munguia to continue to develop, and hope that he improves enough to compete with the lions at 160. It would be a foolish mistake for Munguia to fight any of these champions at 160 right now:
- Saul Canelo Alvarez
- Gennadiy Golovkin
- Demetrius Andrade
- Jermall Charlo
O’Sullivan a tough test for Jaime
Munguia never fought any of the dangerous guys in the weight class, and he gave up his WBO belt just when he had a couple of tough contenders in Carlos Adames and Patrick Teixeira poised to challenge him. If Munguia fails his test against O’Sullivan or if even struggles to win, his future will be cloudy.
This is the 23-year-old former WBO junior middleweight champion Munguia’s debut at 160. The only thing you can criticize about this fight is the fact that Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) is fighting a guy that is small for a middleweight, and a little up there in age at 35.
O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs) can still punch though, and if he catches Munguia with a clean shot, he could take him out.
Munguia is trained by boxing Hall of Famer Erik Morales, and he’s been saying that he’s improving and learning a lot. Proof is in the pudding. We’ll see on Saturday if Munguia is improving or if this is just a lot of talk by Morales.
Other weights on Saturday’s card:
- Angel Fierro 134.4 vs. Alex Martin 138.2
- Travell Mazion 153.4 vs. Fernando Castaneda 159.2
- Hector Tanajara 134.6 vs. Juan Carlos Burgos 134.4
- Franchon Crews Dezurn 168 vs. Alejandra Jimenez 164.6
- George Rincon 139.6 vs. Diego Perez 141.8
- Joshua Franco 114.8 vs. Jose Burgos 114.2
- James Wilkins 129.4 vs. James Early 128.8
- Hector Valdez 121.4 vs. Luis Rios 122