This Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, undefeated Mexican prodigy Jaime Munguia will be making his middleweight debut against Ireland’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan.
Munguia, the former WBO super-middleweight champion, vacated his title after successfully defending it in September against Patrick Allotey with a fourth-round knockout victory, in pursuit of more rewarding opportunities in one of boxing’s premier weight categories.
The Mexican fighter captured the belt with a stunning evisceration of Sadam Ali in May 2018, after Ali’s original opponent Liam Smith was forced to withdraw from the contest with an injury.
Munguia then retained the title successfully against Smith, Brandon Cook, and Takeshi Inoue in back-to-back fights; before controversially outpointing Dennis Hogan in April 2019.
Many commentators believed that Munguia, a rugged operator who possesses immense size and strength, was on that night outfoxed by the tricky and tenacious Irishman and was the beneficiary of charitable ‘home-cooking’ when he was declared victorious via majority-decision.
However, having vacated his WBO super-welterweight championship in pursuit of more rewarding opportunities at middleweight, Munguia will be certainly be looking to sharpen up his skills and demonstrate his explosive capabilities when he faces O’Sullivan on his middleweight debut.
The Cork contender suffered a violent knockout defeat to David Lemieux in September 2018, but has since rebounded with two victories.
Spike’s fans will be hoping that their man’s punching power and experience will enable him to overcome Munguia, but ultimately it is reasonable to believe that the Mexican’s sheer relentlessness and crude, aggressive approach will enable him to dispatch of O’Sullivan pretty handily on Saturday night.
Article by: Navi Singh
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