Jaime Munguia: ‘I’m happy to be mentioned with Canelo and Golovkin’

Jaime Munguia
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Jaime Munguia has long term plan to move up a division and take on the very best in the sport, writes John Dennen

WBO super-welterweight champion Jaime Munguia has lofty goals. He intends to move up to middleweight and challenge Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.

“I don’t think there is any pressure with being mentioned with names like Canelo and Golovkin. I like this. It’s fun. I’m happy to be in fights like this and to see that we are advancing. So, the truth is we are happy,” he said. “I am conscious of what I am doing. I think I can move up to 160 pounds and fight any of the two. It’s a risk because there will always be risks. Those are the two best fighters in the world. We would have to be very careful and come very well prepared. I don’t think it would happen soon, so we have to see what the future holds for us.”

In his own division, Jarrett Hurd, the unified IBF and WBA champion, has caught his eye. “Hurd is a very big 154-pounder. I think he’s bigger than me. If a fight with him is presented to me, why not? We can unify the tittles or meet at 160 pounds,” Munguia said. “I don’t know what to say about the political situation because we are on different platforms. We will see if a fight against them can happen. Perhaps not this year, but maybe we can meet them at 160 pounds.

“They’ve said a lot. I will make them respect me on the day they step in the ring with me.”

Jaime Munguia vs Canelo Alvarez

Munguia’s first task is taking on Takeshi Inoue on January 26 at the Toyota Center in Houston. “Takeshi Inoue is a strong fighter. He comes forward. He doesn’t mind taking a punch in order to land one. We have to be careful with that and come very prepared. We have to be careful with his right hand as well. We’re going to come very well prepared,” Munguia said. “After this fight, it looks like I will have a WBO mandatory bout against Dennis Hogan. But I would still like to unify the titles at 154 pounds with the other champions. We will resolve anything that is put in front of us.

“The plan is to move up to 160 pounds in about a year. We’re fine making weight now. I have no problems, but I feel I can move up and fight in other divisions. My body is such that I could even go up to 168 pounds.”

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