Munguia Backs Himself To Beat Canelo – ‘I’m Giving You My Word’

April 7, 2024
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Munguia Backs Himself To Beat Canelo - 'I’m Giving You My Word'

Jaime Munguia is confident he can beat Canelo Alvarez on May 4.

Munguia chases Alvarez’s Undisputed Super Middleweight Title to become the best 168-pounder of his era. His record stands at 43-0 with 34 KOs. He beat John Ryder in his last fight, stopping him in round nine. The Mexican dropped Ryder four times before getting the stoppage. Ryder would then retire, as Munguia got the Canelo fight.

Munguia is a pressure fighter who likes to come forward. Canelo is known for having a solid chin, as he has never been stopped. But there are still question marks over Canelo’s form. His last fight was a one-sided win over Jermell Charlo, who was moving up two weight classes from 154. That was not a true indication of Canelo’s level. Since Munguia is now a fully-fledged 168-pounder, Canelo must be wary. But Munguia is confident of getting a win.

Munguia Reacts

“We’re going to have to be very careful and very smart because we know he punches really good, and he has a good defense. But as I said before, I do believe it’s going to be a great fight. This was not given, it was earned and with a lot of work. That’s what a lot of fighters have not done, respect the work. I do believe I’m pushing, and I’m giving you my word that I’m going to do my best to get him to fight with me. At this point, I don’t really know, but the possibility of a knockout will be there. Whenever you are in the ring, anything can happen,” Munguia said 

The pressure is on Canelo, given the criticism entering into the fight. He has been accused of ducking David Benavidez for some time. The Mexican Monster has been the WBC Super Middleweight Interim Champion for over two years. Canelo made the Munguia fight by backtracking on his comment that he would never fight Mexicans. This created the narrative that he only did not want to fight Benavidez. When Canelo was asked about the fight, he demanded $150-200 million to make it.

“You know he he brings he bring nothing to the table for me; just he brings just 25 pounds more in the night the the fight…but if he if if some promoter, not him, because he’s nothing to offer me…but I one promoter who I work to they come and say I offer to I offer to you 150 to 200 million. I fight tomorrow…that’s the only that’s the only reason I fight with him,” Canelo said 

“Canelo, if I have nothing to offer, then why are you demanding that you get 150-200 million to fight someone who isn’t worth anything? Hopefully, after you make that 150 million, you have enough left over to buy a pair of nuts,” Benavidez stated

Munguia’s Chances

That leaves the fight unlikely to happen. But if Munguia can come out victorious, he will put himself in a position to face Benavidez, giving the fans an alternative big fight. Either way, Munguia’s preparation for this fight has been on point.

“We’re looking at people with different styles. Someone who is fast, someone who has good defense. We’re still looking for somebody in a group of people. Not just one,” Munguia added

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