Jaime Munguia wasting his career – must face better opposition in 2023

By Boxing News - 11/18/2022 - Comments

By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated but untested nine-year professional Jaime Munguia will be in the main event this Saturday night against the non-contender Gonzalo Coria (21-5, 8 KOs) on DAZN, with the event beginning at 5 pm ET at the Arena Astros in Guadalajara, Mexico. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Zanfer Boxing.

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This Saturday, Munguia will face former Janibek Alimkhanuly knockout victim Gonzalo Coria in the headliner, live on DAZN. As you would guess, it’s difficult to see where the gain is in Munguia fighting a lesser guy like Coria at this stage of his career.

Munguia, 26, has the talent to face better opposition than Coria and the other opposition he’s been fed by his promoters since moving up to 160 in 2019, but for some odd reason, they’re not stepping him up.

Fans on social media believe Munguia is being held back by his promoters until he’s picked out by one of the bigger names, Gennadiy Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez, or Jermall Charlo so that he can get a big payday in a likely losing effort.

It would make sense that Munguia will be overmatched when/if the time comes that he’s selected by one of those bigger names because he’s completely unprepared to fight guys like that.

Normally, a fighter is steadily moved up to better and better opposition before finally facing a big name, such as Golovkin, Canelo, or Jermall. In Munguia’s case, that’s not happening, and you got to wonder why?

Does Zanfer Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions know something we don’t about Munguia? Is he getting bounced around by his sparring partners?

It’s troubling that DAZN is putting this low-level fight between Munguia (40-0, 32 KOs) and Coria in the main event because it’s a dreadful mismatch on paper. Further, there’s no buzz whatsoever from the hardcore boxing fans, and obviously, the casuals have no idea this fight is taking place.

If the hardcore fans are shown no interest in the Munguia vs. Coria fight, then the fight is off the radar with the casuals. The 26-year-old Munguia is an ex-WBO junior middleweight world champion, and he’s capable of fighting much better opposition than the likes of Coria,

In boxing, there are no simple opponents, and Coria is no exception,” said Munguia on Thursday at the final press conference. “We hope that once we pass this hurdle, we are set for a big fight in 2023.”

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