Should Canelo Be Stripped for Facing Jermall? Malignaggi Pushes for Munguia – Berlanga Title Shot

By Sean Jones - 01/31/2024 - Comments

Boxing expert Paulie Malignaggi says he likes the idea of Jaime Munguia facing Edgar Berlanga next if he doesn’t get chosen as undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez’s next opponent for May 4th, which it appears he won’t be.

However, Malignaggi wants Canelo to be stripped of his titles if he faces Jermall Charlo next and one of his belts to be fought for in the Munguia vs. Berlanga clash.

Stripping Canelo: A Controversial Proposition

It’s asking a lot of one of the four sanctioning bodies to willingly shoot themselves in the foot by stripping Canelo of his titles because they end up with a less popular fighter ending up with their title from a Munguia-Berlanga clash. They won’t want to do that, especially with both fighters being so beatable.

Munguia (43-0, 34 KOs) and Berlanga (21-0, 16 KOs) would be food for David Benavidez and David Morrell Jr, who feast on these vulnerable fighters.

“I like the Charlo brothers, but this is a weight class that is way too deep. You can’t do that. For the sake of boxing, you can’t do that,” said boxing expert Paulie Malignaggi to ProBox TV about Jermall Charlo potentially being the next opponent for Canelo Alvarez on May 4th.

Munguia’s Development: Building for the Future

“I love it. Edgar Berlanga has got a right hand out of this world,” said Tim Bradley when about a fight between Berlanga and Jaime Munguia. “Munguia is going to have to keep his left hand up. It’s a great match-up.

“I still think Munguia needs some more building. Why not? He’s a fan-friendly fighter. Continue to put these top guys in front of him. Let him continue to knock them down and build his star. Once Canelo sails off [into retirement], he can be the next guy. He can face the Benavidez. He can face the Mbilli,” said Bradley.

Once Canelo retires, it’s safe to put Munguia in with Christian Mbilli and Berlanga but not Benavidez or David Morrell. Those guys would likely destroy Munguia, and he might not be the same after they finish with him.

“Munguia-Berlanga, I like that fight, but you’ve got to strip Canelo. You got to make it a world title fight. Somebody has got to strip Canelo at this point,” said Malignaggi.

Munguia-Berlanga: A Title-Worthy Matchup?

“If he goes and fights Charlo, somebody has got to strip him. Munguia-Berlanga is actually a good fan-friendly fun fight, but you got to make a world title fight. You’re going too far by avoiding this and letting him [Canelo] keep all his belts.

“Let’s see who he fights in May. Otherwise, if it’s low hanging fruit again, he’s got to be stripped and Berlanga against Munguia has got to be a world title fight,” said Malignaggi.

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