Jaime Munguia wants Charlo, Golovkin or Benavidez after Sergiy D-chenko fight

By Boxing News - 06/01/2023 - Comments

By Dan Ambrose: Jaime Munguia and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya have a three-fighter shortlist for the next opponent after Jaime’s10 round headliner bout against Sergiy on June 10th.

It’s not a good idea for Munguia to look past the 37-year-old Derevyanchenko because he might have enough left to pull off an upset in this fight.

Munguia seems to have been waiting on a big payday fight against Gennadiy Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez to fall into his lap forever. Still, it’s never happened and doesn’t look like it ever will.

Munguia hoped for fights:

  • Gennadiy Golovkin
  • Jermall Charlo
  • David Benavidez

The two guys De La Hoya wants most of all for Munguia are Golovkin and Charlo, which are winnable fights. Benavidez is way out of Munguia’s league, so it’s likely that the whole purpose of De La Hoya mentioning his name is to get attention for Jaime.

It would be a good idea for Munguia and De La Hoya to forget about the 41-year-old Golovkin because it’s doubtful he will bother fighting him. Golovkin might never fight again; if he does, it’ll be a big name. Munguia isn’t a big name, unfortunately for him.

What Munguia needs are wins over solid, relevant contenders instead of picking out older guys or the many obscure fighters he’s been padding his record with for most of his career. Munguia is a ten-year pro, and the only decent name on his resume is Liam Smith, who he had a big size advantage over.

“It’s a great matchup. Look, Jaime is a fan favorite. He always puts
on a great show, and he wants to fight against the very best,” said Oscar De La Hoya to Fight Hub TV about Jaime Munguia.

“The WBC has been holding the [middlweight] title hostage for two years; it’s an injustice for boxing and for Jaime and whoever is next in line, for [Carlos] Adames.

“Jaime wants to fight everybody. He wants to fight the very best. He wants to fight GGG. I don’t know if he’s retired or not. He wants to
fight GGG. Why not make that fight? Both guys need it. Both guys want it. Why not make that fight?

“Absolutely,” said De La Hoya when asked if he would be willing to have Munguia go up to 168 to fight David Benavidez. “Look, Jaime Munguia, when you stand next to him, he’s a big kid. He can carry 168 with no problem. I’ve spoken to Benavidez, and I remember sitting down with him.

“Benavides was the one mentioning to me, ‘I want Jaime. That would be a great fight.’ I’m like, ‘Guess what? Jaime wants you too.’ So that’s one fight that can be made.

“I told him, ‘Look, you have to be patient. That’s it. Just keep knocking on the door. Eventually, it’ll open up. I mean they
I can’t keep that door locked for so long.

“Eventually, if you keep knocking on it, it will open. So have patience,” said De La Hoya about what he told David Benavidez about being frustrated at being unable to fight against Canelo Alvarez.

“He’s young; he’s still learning. He’s still growing, so he understood, but fighters get frustrated. They get antsy. They want to fight the very biggest fights out there.

“There’s always the public demand. There’s always that public pressure, but you stay on your course, stay in your lane, and eventually, those big fights will happen,” said De La Hoya.

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