When Is Jaime Munguia Going to Step Up the Competition?

By Boxing News - 11/17/2022 - Comments

When is Jaime Munguia the No. 1 WBO, No. 2 WBA and WBC, and No. 8 IBF ranked middleweight contender, going to step up the competition to earn a title fight?

With WBC champ Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo, 32-0 with 22 stoppages out of Houston, Texas, not fighting for some 17 months and nothing scheduled, why isn’t the WBC having Munguia, 40-0 with 32 stoppages out of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and the No. 1 ranked and WBC interim world champion Carlos Adames, 22-1 with 17 stoppages out of the Dominican Republic residing in New York in an eliminator for the title that should be vacated by Charlo not defending for such a long period?

Charlo and former WBO Middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, 31-0 with 19 stoppages out of Providence, Rhode Island, both talked about moving up to super middleweight, and Andrade did.

Charlo has not made that move yet or any other move. Andrade hasn’t fought in a year and his former title has been won by Janibek Alimkhanuly, 13-0 with 8 stoppages out of Zhilandy, Kazakhstan, and residing in Oxnard, California, and has defended his title recently.

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This Saturday, Munguia is taking on Gonzalo “El Mago” Coria, 21-5, with 8 stoppages from Cordoba, Argentina, whom Alimkhanualy knocked out in October of 2020. Coria has won his last three bouts since then.

It will be Munguia’s third fight in 2022 after knocking out Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly, 26-2, in June and stopping D’Mitrius “Big Meedh” Ballard, 21-0-1, in February. At least he has been active compared to Charlo. In that fight with Ballard, he defended his WBO Inter-Continental title and, previously, a year ago defeating “King” Gabe Rosado, 26-13-1.

WBA and IBF World champion Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, 42-2-1 with 37 stoppages out of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and residing in Los Angeles, California, since losing to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 57-2-2, in September, has been ordered by both organizations to defend against his No. 1 contenders. In April, he unified titles by stopping WBA World champion Ryota Murata, 16-2, of Japan in Japan.

Golovkin holds the WBA Super world title while Cuban Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, 29-3-3 with 17 stoppages residing in Houston, Texas in May, defended his title by stopping Gary O’Sullivan, 31-4. Being out of Houston, as is Charlo, that would probably be a natural matchup.

The WBA No. 1 ranked contender is Chris Eubank, Jr., 32-2 with 23 stoppages out of the UK, who last fought in February. The IBF No. 1 ranked contender is Esquiva Falcao, 30-0 with 22 stoppages out of Brazil. Golovkin hasn’t signed to meet his next opponent.