DALLAS—Oscar de la Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions company are ready to re-enter the Gennadiy Golovkin business.
Discussions remain ongoing for a middleweight title fight between Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (41-1-1, 36KOs) and Jaime Munguia (36-0, 29KOs), with such a clash eyed for mid-spring to air live on DAZN. Munguia—a former 154-pound titlist —picked up his second straight win at middleweight following a 6th round stoppage of Tureano Johnson last October. Golovkin scored a 7th round stoppage of unbeaten mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta in the first defense of his second title reign on Dec. 18th in Hollywood, Florida.
Soon after Golovkin’s win began talks for a showdown with the unbeaten Tijuana native who is co-promoted by Golden Boy and Zanfer Promotions.
“That’s the fight that we’re working on,” de la Hoya told BoxingScene.com. “That’s the fight that everyone’s interested in.”
Such a matchup was pursued nearly three years ago, when Munguia was ready to face Golovkin on short notice in place of countryman Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (54-1-2, 36KOs) who tested positive for Clenbuterol ahead of their planned May 2018 rematch in Las Vegas. Munguia was 28-0 at the time, but just a 21-year old pup who’d yet to face anyone on the title level, never mind a pound-for-pound talent such as Golovkin.
The suggested fight was rejected by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, leaving Las Vegas without a major fight show on Cinco de Mayo weekend for the first time since 2002. Golovkin took his act to Southern California, slaughtering Vanes Martirosyan inside of two rounds, while Munguia won a 154-pound title one week later in a May 2018 4th round knockout of Sadam Ali in Verona, New York.
Five successful defenses followed for Munguia, with his six-fight title reign spanning a mere 16 months before the 24-year old—who stands 6’0”—outgrew the division. Two middleweight wins later, he is ready to take on the best that the division has to offer.
No better place to start than at the top, and with the perfect time frame in mind for such an event.
“Cinco de Mayo,” de la Hoya stated, his face lighting up over the thought of such an event taking place on the Mexican holiday he honored in the ring on six occasions during his own Hall of Fame career. “Imagine that championship fight headlining on that weekend. It will be explosive.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox