By Allan Fox: Former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (37-0, 30 KOs) stayed unbeaten in stopping replacement opponent Kamil Szeremeta (21-2, 5 KOs) in the sixth round on Saturday night on DAZN at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
The fight was halted after the end of the sixth round when the referee checked up on Szeremeta, who had taken a shelling during the round.
Szeremeta was lucky to make it through the round without the referee stopping the fight because he looked like he was poised to step in.
Munguia used Szeremeta as target practice
It was target practice for the 24-year-old Munguia, as he was hitting the shelled-up 31-year-old Szeremeta seemingly at will with punches to the head and body throughout the six-round contest.
There was nothing remotely competitive about the fight, considering the lack of punches coming back from Szeremeta. When he did throw shots, they were weak and shockingly slow for a middleweight.
“My offense was my defense tonight; from the very first round, we did different things,” said Munguia after the fight. “It’s my third fight at middleweight, and I feel more established.
“The best is yet to come. I’m a big surprise his ability to take punishment. He was really able to take a lot of punishment with respect to him. It was no pressure to beat him because he fought Golovkin.
“I just went out there to do things my own way. I learned a lot from him; I have a great relationship. I’ll keep improving with him. I would like to perhaps, by the end of the year, fight for a world title.
“If not, a Mexico vs. Puerto Rico fight against Gabe Rosado would be desirable. Yes, whatever you say,” said Munguia when asked if he’d be interested in challenging WBO middleweight champion, Demetrius Andrade.
A fight between Munguia and Gabe Rosado would be excellent for Jaime if he can’t get a title shot against Jermall Charlo or Gennadiy Golovkin.
All in all, it was an okay performance by Munguia, but not the type that would make one believe that he’s capable of defeating Golovkin, Charlo, or Andrade. At this point, Munguia would lose to all three of those fighters.
Munguia can beat WBA champion Ryota Murata, but he likely won’t be given a shot against him due to the Japanese fighter expected to take on GGG next.
We saw some improvement from Munguia tonight over his past performances, but not enough to give him any chance against the champions at 160. Munguia is too slow, one-paced and his shots lack the explosiveness needed to beat Golovkin, Charlo, or Andrade.
Those guys are more technical and have more facets to their game.
Additionally, Munguia is still way too easy to hit. He was getting nailed tonight by Szeremeta in the few times that he opened up with his shots.
It’s fortunate for Munguia that Szeremeta had no power because he would have been in trouble if he did have Golovkin-like power.
Gabe Rosado shocks Bektemir Melikuziev
In the fight of the night, Gabriel Rosado (26-13-1, 14 KOs) pulled off an upset with a third-round knockout victory over the talented prospect Bektemir “Bek Bully” Melikuziev (7-1, 6 KOs).
Rosado timed Melikuziev and caught him with a perfect right-hand counter in the third round that sent him down face first on the deck. It was one of those shots where the fight had to be halted.
To his credit, Melikuziev actually got back up, but he was much too hurt to continue. It’s a good thing that the referee didn’t allow the contest to continue because Rosado would have poleaxed Melikuziev if given a chance.
The 35-year-old Rosado was getting pummeled by the younger 25-year-old Melikuziev in the first two rounds of the bout. Melikuziev dropped Rosado with a crushing body shot in late in the first.
The fight was stopped at 1:21 of round three. After the bout was over, Rosado called out Jaime Munguia, saying he wants him next.