Munguia Vs. Ryder Breakdown
Munguia wants to make a statement against Ryder, who lasted the distance with Canelo Alvarez in his last bout. Munguia knows a win over the Brit takes him a step closer to facing Canelo. He has been a world champion at 154 pounds, but at 168, he will face tougher tests. Ryder knows a victory puts him back in the conversation for bigger fights. Let us take a look at the breakdown of the fight.
“Jaime is learning, he’s growing, he’s maturing. Jaime Munguia is one of these kids that needed these fights under his belt. He needed that experience. And finally, we have him at that position where he can face anybody in the world. Trust me, when he fights Ryder, it’s going to be a special performance. And then we’ll see who we call out,” Oscar De La Hoya revealed
“He’s got a very high work rate, throws a lot of punches. He’s obviously a bit taller than me, which I tend to prefer. He had a change of trainer recently, so I don’t know how much that’s gonna help him. The thing with changing trainer is that you kind of resort back to what you’re used to doing – you kind of get stuck in between two styles.
“So, it’ll be interesting to see how he comes out. I’m training for the best Jaime Munguia, I know he needs to come out and win well, and he needs to keep his dreams of fighting Canelo alive. I’m looking to upset that party, so you’re going to see the best of me,” Ryder said
Both fighters hit hard but are willing to trade to get the better of the other, making it an intriguing bout. De La Hoya may target a Munguia vs. Canelo Alvarez bout, but they must overcome Ryder first. The Brit lasted the distance with Canelo, troubling Alvarez with his uppercuts and showing he could compete with the best.
He also did it in Alvarez’s backyard. Munguia’s previous bouts at 154 pounds showed that he can be troubled. A majority decision win over Dennis Hogan had shown that. Ryder has big wins under his name over Zach Parker and Daniel Jacobs while giving Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders a run for his money.
Munguia likes to pressure his opponents to push them on the back foot, but his defensive weaknesses can leave him open. Ryder keeps his chin tucked in and is well-skilled in evading punches. To wear Ryder down, Munguia has to be well-conditioned for 12 hard rounds.
But Ryder may have to go for a knockout. Munguia-Canelo is being lined up as an alternative for a David Benavidez fight. Ryder does not have the biggest knockout power, but the Brit’s chin survived against Alvarez’s punches. Ryder’s biggest strength is his control of distance, and he is a stronger fighter on the back foot than Munguia.
He could catch the Mexican on his way coming in. His uppercut will be a key weapon in achieving that. Ryder is also a southpaw, which opens up his backhand straight down the line and through the guard. The key will be if Ryder can catch Munguia’s shots and counter. But getting a decision against Munguia in his backyard will be tough, especially since he is undefeated.
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