GGG vs. Munguia in “serious negotiations” says De La Hoya
By Jim Maltzman: Oscar De La Hoya says Golden Boy Promotions are in “serious negotiations for a fight between Jaime Munguia and Gennadiy Golovkin for a match that could take place in the first half of 2021.
De La Hoya describes the negotiations as “promising,” and he’s highly optimistic he can get this fight made for DAZN. With Canelo Alvarez, the former flagship fighter for Golden Boy, now gone, it’s more important than ever for them to find the next star at 160 that can fill the void.
The 24-year-old former WBO junior middleweight champion Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) could be the guy that Golden Boy needs to take over as the next big thing for the promotional company.
If Munguia can beat IBF 160-pound champion Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) without controversy, we may see the mega-star taking over the empty throne left by Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs).
Munguia has options
Last Friday, Canelo made it official that he’s done with the middleweight division with him vacating his WBA 160-lb title. That’s a belt that is highly valued; it would be perfect for Munguia to scramble for. If the negotiations with Golovkin fail to workout, Munguia can go after the WBA belt.
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) December 31, 2020
Negotiations underway for Golovkin vs. Munguia fight
“Yeah, we’re in serious negotiations right now with GGG’s people,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya to Fighthype on negotiations for a fight between Golovkin and Jaime Munguia.
“It would be a great fight. I think that would be the fight to make,” De L Hoya continued about the Golovkin vs. Munguia match. “People were talking about a fight between GGG and [WBO middleweight champion] Demetrius Andrade. No, why? It just doesn’t make sense.
“I mean, Andrade, yes. Go after somebody else, go after [Jermall] Charlo. He [Andrade] has to. The Charlos have to fight,” De La Hoya said.
Golovkin must take the fight with Munguia, as Canelo Alvarez, the guy he wants to face in 2021, will be busy this year. Canelo is working on unifying the 168-lb division. That’s going to take the entire year for him to get that done.
Canelo’s trainer/manager Eddy Reynoso said this week that they’re not interested in fighting Golovkin. They have other interesting options.
De La Hoya: If my guy [Munguia] loses, he loses
“But a fight that would be amazing, that is action-packed that is not going to be boring, that is not going to be stylistically a snoozer, is going to be Jaime Munguia vs. GGG.
“That’s the bottom line. That is fireworks. Look, if my guy [Munguia] loses, then he loses. But I’ll tell you one thing, he’s going to go out on his shield,” said De La Hoya on Munguia challenging Golovkin.
You’ve got to like De La Hoya’s attitude about a fight between Munguia and Golovkin, seeing that he’s willing to take risks with his fighter.
Golovkin is making a lot of money for his fights on DAZN, and he has yet to give them a big fight that will bring in subscribers. Munguia might be the guy that DAZN is looking for.
GGG’s three fights with DAZN:
- Steve Rolls
- Sergiy Derevyanchenko
- Kamil Szeremeta
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