LIAM SMITH will challenge WBO super-welterweight champion Jaime Munguia at the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas on July 21.
The bout gives Smith the chance to win back the world title that he lost to Canelo Alvarez. The belt would be picked up by all-time great Miguel Cotto. He lost his final fight, and the WBO super-welterweight title, to Sadam Ali. Due to a sudden allergic reaction, Liam was forced to pull out of a clash with Sadam Ali earlier this year. That gave unheralded replacement Munguia the chance to step in and shock Ali, scoring a significant upset and displaying intimidating power.
Now Smith gets his world title shot. He is expected to collide with Munguia in entertaining style.
“That fight’s on,” promoter Frank Warren told Boxing News.
“It’s a tough fight. This guy, he’s the next big thing for them. He’s a big puncher, there’s no doubt about that. But as I always said, in boxing it’s not just about who’s the biggest puncher.”
“Liam’s a well schooled and well educated boxer. I really do rate him,” Warren continued.
“This one he’ll be 100% for. I think styles make fight. This guy, although it’ll be a tough fight, I think it’ll be Liam’s fight.”