by Alan Fox: Jaime Mongoya wants a title against the FIFA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin in 2022, and he hopes that will happen soon. Munguia (38-0, 30 KOs) thinks he’s ready to defeat Golovkin now, but he needs the chance.
Munguia will take the lead next month against an unknown second-tier fighter De Metrius Ballard (21-0-1, 13 KOs) at DAZN on February 19 in Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Mexico. This is a huge step in the line for Mongoya from his last fight against marginal contender Gabe Rosado last November.
It is unclear why DAZN gave the go-ahead for Mongoya to direct against Ballard rather than insisting on fighting a good opponent. It’s not a great fight for boxing fans and it’s not a fight that attracts subscribers. DAZN’s senior officers should have insisted that Munguia fought one of these fighters:
- Zanibek Alimkhanoli
- John Macias Montell
- Chris Eubank Jr
With Canelo Alvarez fighting at 168, It caused a void in talent With the best fighters leaving the 160lb division like mice escaping from a sinking ship. There is an empty void left at 160 now that Canelo is gone, leaving flawed fighters like Munguia at the top of the rankings despite limited talent.
For Munguia to be top against Ballard rather than a good opponent is disappointing, to say the least.
Ballard recently had a controversial 12-round draw against Yamaguchi Falcao in 2019 in a fight many boxing fans lost. In his only fight since then, Ballard defeated trip driver Paul Valenzuela Jr by decisively in the 10th round last September.
Some boxing fans think Munguia’s career revolves around him Just search for exclusive big money fights Without any intention of trying to win a world title.
Few fighters are adopting this approach in their careers now, which is sad because they end up waiting so long for money battles instead of trying to rank up and fight for world titles as fighters traditionally do. It’s a strange approach.
With his tireless pursuit of a lucrative fight, former 154-pound WBO champ Munguia (38-0, 30 KOs) veered away with a key shot against 160-pound WBO champ Demetrius Andrade, preferring instead to wait in the fight against Golovkin (41-1-1). , 36 KOs).
“They were the first to seek us, Munguia said of Golovkin, but we’ve always been interested in GGG, and we’re still interested.
GGG had been interested in fighting Munguia four years ago in 2018, but the match did not happen after it was banned by a government committee. Munguia did not have the experience to face Golovkin at the time, and there would have been a terrible mismatch.
Since then, Munguia has mostly defeated marginal-level competitors such as Dennis Hogan, Gary O’Sullivan, Kamil Szeremeta, Brandon Cook, Takeshi Inoue and Tureano Johnson.
“If that happens, it will be a great fight, a shocking fight, The masses will accept the fight well. “We are determined to fight him,” Mongoya said of a fight between him and Golovkin.
I don’t know if you can describe the battle between Golovkin and Mongoya as a “great battle”, but it would be an upgrade for the weak opposition that the two fighters have always been largely feeding off of.
Golovkin hasn’t fought a good guy since losing to Canelo Alvarez in 2018, and many boxing fans believe Kazakhstan is just waiting for a three-way match against the Mexican star.
It’s disappointing because Golovkin was one of the biggest stars in the US from 2012 to 2019, but has disappeared since losing to Canelo and has fought only three times since then against modest opposition.
Munguia will need to put up a fight with GGG soon as he turns 40 in April, and has been idle waiting for a money fight against 160lb WBA champ Ryota Murata. The two were supposed to fight in December in Japan, but due to the travel ban, it’s now off the table.
Golovkin has rarely fought since his controversial 12-round loss to Canelo Alvarez in 2019. As a result, Golovkin has nothing to show for as he remained inactive throughout the entirety of 2021. Waiting for Morata.
If Golovkin can’t fight against Murata or Canelo, he’ll probably agree to take on Munguia, but at this point, it might not be a good idea. Munguia will be a tough fight for Golovkin.
What would have been an easy win for Golovkin two to three years ago over Munguia may be a nightmare for him now due to his age and inactivity.