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THE JOURNEY FROM CHAMPIONSHIP STOCK TO LAUGHINGSTOCK || FIGHTHYPE.COM


Golden Boy certain has an odd promotional technique in the case of Jaime Munguia. 

Take a courageous child with a fan-friendly, all-action type who’d battle a threshing machine if want be and make him seem like a cowardly, cherry-picking perpetual ducker. 

That’s what Oscar De La Hoya’s firm has completed with the 25-year-old battler from Tijuana over the past couple of years. And, truthfully, it doesn’t seem like they’re deviating from their run-the-kid-through-the-muck technique anytime quickly. 

Golden Boy and Group Munguia have already backed away from two world title photographs (towards Demetrius Andrade and Jermall Charlo), an interim title shot (towards Janibek Alimkhanuly) and an eliminator (towards Carlos Adame). It’s attending to the purpose the place one has to surprise what battle, precisely, are these guys ready on. Huge-money fights with Gennadiy Golovkin and Saul Alvarez AREN’T simply across the nook as each have their plans just about etched in stone for the following 12 months or so. There’s actually nothing else (and no person else) there, apart from what’s already been rejected for him. 

All of this makes the legitimately likable child look dangerous. 

To be truthful to Golden Boy, any promoter taking the reins on Munguia’s profession on the level they did was going to be burdened with a tricky process. 

The child burst on to the world scene again in 2018, when he blew away Sadam Ali in 4 rounds to take the WBO junior middleweight title. Ali was simply 5 months previous an upset of Miguel Cotto and was favored to beat Munguia handily– largely as a result of Munguia’s solely declare to fame up till that time was as a rejected opponent for Gennadiy Golovkin, deemed too inexperienced and unaccomplished by the Nevada State Athletic Fee for such a harmful step up at school. 

As issues would prove, although, Munguia, who was a late alternative opponent and possibly got here into the battle as a small gentle heavyweight, was just too huge and powerful for an Ali who was actually only a welterweight with a pair kilos tacked on. 

The four-knockdown blowout on the HBO Boxing essential stage turned heads and followers/media who anticipated nothing from Munguia beforehand had been now singing his praises as an rising new star. 

Expectations had been created, however after some tough patches towards Liam Smith in his subsequent battle, it grew to become clear that Munguia’s rise to stardom must be tempered with some sensible matchmaking and a load of persistence. For all his willingness and physicality, he was nonetheless inexperienced and missing in sure key developmental areas. With Golden Boy turning into his co-promoter in late 2018, the aggressive push ahead was pulled again and opposition received more and more tailor made, matched to Munguia’s strengths. 

Slightly than develop, nonetheless, Munguia’s talent set received stagnant. He really started to slide in some areas. After three years of being spoon ate up the boxing essential stage as a DAZN contract participant and shifting as much as the easier-to-make middleweight division, he was really regressing as a fighter. And, regardless of some indicators of enchancment in a win over Gabriel Rosado final November, he doesn’t seem like considerably any higher now than he was again when he first beat Sadam Ali.

That’s an actual downside for a not-yet-ready child whose connections have introduced him no. 1 contender standing in each the WBC and WBO, in addition to a no. 2 rating within the WBA. Group Munguia has no alternative however to go on lots of the alternatives coming his method. 

This reluctance to place him into deep waters speaks volumes about Golden Boy’s confidence in his elite-level viability proper now. There’s no disgrace in a younger fighter not being prepared for next-level challenges. The issue is that Munguia’s been pushed to excessive heaven and hyped to be the fighter his folks clearly really feel he’s NOT– and it’s making him look actually dangerous. 

After every battle, Munguia insists that he desires to battle “the best” and there’s no cause to query his honesty about this. 

However when he calls out the perfect and his staff rejects the perfect as they arrive to him, effectively, that’s beginning to make him a little bit of a laughingstock.



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