Eddie Hearn would apparently be more than happy to explore a few opportunities for Jaime Munguia.
Recently, Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Munguia, made some news when he informed ESPN that Munguia and his team are keen on facing light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol—not exactly an opponent anyone has had in mind for the undefeated Mexican.
Munguia, a former titlist at 154, is a middleweight, so he fights a full two weight classes below Bivol.
“He is ready for any of the greats,” Gomez said. “There is also a lot of interest in doing the fight with [Dmitry] Bivol, which is one of the fights that Jaime is very interested in. We are seeing rivals, but it's what he wants, the big fights this year."
In a recent interview, Bivol’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, was receptive to a Bivol-Munguia match in the future, but he also expressed his befuddlement with the way Munguia’s career has been handled by his team. Munguia has been roundly criticized for his lackluster opposition since he moved up to the middleweight ranks in 2020, and boxing fans have lampooned him for failing to get in the ring with formidable fighters such as Demetrius Andrade, Janibek Alimkhanuly, and Jermall Charlo. Munguia's last fight was essentially a mismatch, a third-round stoppage of Gonzalo Gaston Coria in November.
Both Bivol and Munguia fight on the same streaming platform, DAZN, so there should be little corporate politics interfering with that fight. The question, however, is competition: Hearn made it clear that Munguia would stand little chance against Bivol, who is coming off a banner 2022, in which he picked up wins over Canelo Alvarez and Gilberto Ramirez.
“Yeah, happy to look at that fight,” Hearn said of Bivol-Munguia in an interview with Pro Boxing Fans. “Look, Munguia … it’s strange what they’ve been doing with him. I like him. I think he’s exciting.
"For me, Munguia against Canelo, Munguia against [Gennadiy] Golovkin, Munguia against Dmitry Bivol, I mean he wouldn’t have a shot at winning a round against Dmitry Bivol. And if you’ve not shown any previous intention to being in dangerous fights, why would you choose Dmitry Bivol?”
Bivol is expected to return to the ring in the spring and go into a rematch with Alvarez in the fall.
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