Williams fancies Munguia war

Liam Williams has expressed his desire to face Mexican maestro Jaime Munguia, particularly if a world title is at stake.

Williams (22-2-1, 17 KOs) is currently the mandatory challenger for the WBO middleweight crown, held by American Demetrius Andrade. While both parties are in negotiations to finalise the fight, Williams has revealed to Boxing Social that he believes Andrade will move up to super-middleweight rather than fight him.

If Andrade vacates his title, a bout between Munguia (ranked No.1 by the sanctioning body) and Williams (rated No.2) seems likely to determine a new champion.

The 23-year-old Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) originally rose to prominence when he halted Sadam Ali inside four rounds to capture the WBO super-welterweight belt in May 2018. But the Mexican’s come-forward style appeals to Williams.

“I love the fight because it’s action-packed,” Williams told Boxing Social. “It’s got blood and guts written all over it. I think if I were to fight him, I’d be even more up for it than I would be [for] Andrade, simply because I know what he brings to the table.

“Munguia is relentless, he can punch, he can box, he’s got a bit of everything and he’s young and he’s fresh. I think that will give me that extra edge, even more than I have right now for Andrade, because I know it’s going to be fucking tough.”

Munguia, who impressed as WBO 154lbs champion, is a new
and exciting addition to the middleweight division.

Munguia’s perpetual aggression makes him offensively dangerous, but it does result in defensive lapses. In Munguia’s last fight, against Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan (WTKO11), Williams believes that Munguia took far more shots than was necessary. Williams, who has reeled off a six-fight knockout streak since moving up from super-welterweight, is convinced he could capitalise on the Mexican’s recklessness. 

“’Spike’ hit him and I seen Spike hurt him as well,” he said. “He’s reckless, but he’s got a good chin, he’s a tough man. I thought Dennis Hogan beat [Munguia]. No disrespect to ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan but he’s nowhere near what he was a couple of years back. If they can hit him and hurt him, I assure you when I hit him, I’ll put him to sleep.”

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