Jaime Munguia will be looking to extend his reign as WBO World super welterweight champion with a victory over rugged Irish challenger Dennis Hogan in Monterrey, Mexico.
The undefeated Munguia, who has accrued 32 wins in his career, is something of a physical prodigy and is currently one of the youngest champions in boxing. The 22 year-old will now be returning to Mexico after his successful title challenge against Sadam Ali last May and three subsequent defences against Liam Smith, Brandon Cook and Tekashi Inoue.
After a probable victory, Munguia is likely to contemplate moving up to middleweight in the foreseeable future, as unifications with Jarrett Hurd or Tony Harrison, for a variety of reasons, are at this moment unlikely to materialise.
While Hogan has only lost once in his career to Jack Culcay and therefore maintains an unbridled confidence in his abilities to unseat his heavily-favoured counterpart – a formidable combination puncher – on away soil, expect the Mexican to assert his authority and strength early before ultimately getting the Brisbane native out of there in the later rounds.
Brazilian southpaw Patrick Teixeira, who suffered his sole career reverse at middleweight via a devastating first-round knockout to Curtis Stevens in May 2016, will be facing Mario Alberto Lozano for the WBO Latino super welterweight title while super bantamweight hopeful Diego De La Hoya – the nephew of Oscar De La Hoya – faces Enrique Bernache after defeating Jose Salgado and former IBF bantamweight champion Randy Caballero in his last two outings.
Article by: Navi Singh
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