Feature | Jan 21 2019

LONG READ Jaime Munguia: ‘I started from zero, just like everybody else’

Declan Warrington considers whether Jaime Munguia is the anti-Canelo Alvarez
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IF what appear insignificant occurrences dramatically shape the boxing landscape as often as they do entire lives, the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s rejection of Jaime Munguia as an opponent for Gennady Golovkin could prove similarly defining in the coming era.

The promising Mexican was considered unsuitable – overmatched against a truly fearsome middleweight – and, the NASC concluded, incapable of resisting the beating that Vanes Martirosyan that May night instead took.

An illness Liam Smith suffered then forced his withdrawal from a fight with Sadam Ali, creating a demand for a late-notice challenger for the then-WBO light-middleweight champion and ultimately a void Munguia – therefore available and perhaps saved from Golovkin as much as from himself – was permitted to fill.