By Brad Slotnick: Undefeated middleweight contender Jaime Munguia weighed in at 159.6 lbs for his headliner against replacement opponent Kamil Szeremeta for their 12 round fight this Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas. Szeremeta weighed in at 159.8 lbs. The card will be shown live on DAZN beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET
(Photo Credit: Sye Williams/Golden Boy)
Szeremeta (21-1, 5 KOs) is an odd choice for Golden Boy Promotions to be using as a replacement opponent for the 24-year-old Munguia to fight facing. At first, Munguia was going to fight Maciej Sulecki, but he couldn’t take the fight.
D’Mitrius Ballard was briefly the replacement for Sulecki, but he suffered an injury and pulled out. Next, Sulecki was brought back as Munguia, but then he needed to pull out again.
As a result, Szeremeta was found and signed as the replacement. It’s a real mess, but the quality of Munguia’s opponent is pretty close to the same level that he’s been fighting at most of his career.
Szeremeta coming off a loss to GGG
The Polish fighter is coming off of a seventh-round knockout win over IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin last December. That fight was embarrassingly one-sided with Golovkin treating Szeremeta.
Using the 31-year-old Szeremeta as the replacement for the former WBO junior middleweight champion Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) to be fighting shows a sense of separation.
For Munguia, this is the third guy that he’s been scheduled to fight for the June 19th date. The other two fell out, leaving Munguia with no choice but to face the recently knocked out Szeremeta.
It wouldn’t be a problem if this fight were stowed away in the middle or at the start of a career, but it looks bad that Munguia is facing Szeremeta in the headliner on DAZN.
In ways, it makes sense for Munguia to fight Szeremeta because it gives boxing fans a chance to compare his performance to that of Gennadiy Golovkin, who stopped the Polish fighter in the seventh round.
However, Golovkin looked like he wasn’t trying to destroy Szeremeta right away and that he was using him to get rounds in.
Of course, Golden Boy is likely counting on the boxing fans believing that Golovkin was going all out from the start against Szeremeta rather than fighting at one-quarter speed and carrying him.
“I have a lot of experience when it comes to opponent changes,” Munguia said.
“Obviously, it’s different at this level because the preparation is stronger and more strategic,” Munguia continued.
“However, I take it very calmly, and we are going to make the necessary adjustments to walk away with our hand raised in victory on June 19.”
Munguia vs. Szeremeta full undercard weights
Former world title challenger Gabe Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KOs) weighed in at 168 for his 12 round fight against unbeaten Bektemir ‘Bully’ Melikuziev (7-0, 6 KOs) #12 WBO super middleweight contender.
This is a tough fight for the 35-year-old Rosado facing a big puncher like the 25-year-old Melikuziev, given that he’s coming off a disappointing 12 round split decision loss to Daniel Jacobs last November on DAZN.
It’s not going to be easy for Rosado against the heavy-handed Melikuziev, but he’ll have the size and a huge advantage in the experience department. Melikuziev has fought exactly nobody since turning professional in 2019.
Ibeth Zamora 111.4 vs. Marlen Esparza 111.4
Blair Cobbs 146.8 vs. Brad Solomon 146.8
Munguia vs. Szeremeta start time, where to watch
The Munguia vs. Szeremeta card beings at 3:30 p.m. ET on DAZN.
We can only hope that there’s at least one good fight on the card because the main event is likely to be a one-sided mismatch that ends early. Munguia is too big, too strong, and too young for the light-hitting Szeremeta.