Jaime Munguia didn’t have to look far in search of his next challenger once he realized a title fight wasn’t next in store.
Talks continue to progress for a potential fall crossroads bout between Tijuana’s Munguia (37-0, 30KOs) and Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado (26-13-1, 15KOs), representatives from both camps confirmed to BoxingScene.com. Such a bout would take place at middleweight, where Munguia—a former junior middleweight titlist—remains the number-one contender to both the WBC and WBO titles.
The building blocks for such a fight began in June, when both appeared and scored knockout wins on the same DAZN show this past June 19 in El Paso, Texas. Munguia stopped former title challenger Kamil Szeremeta (21-2, 5KOs) after six rounds in the evening’s main event. Stealing the show that night, Rosado flattened previously unbeaten Bektemir ‘Bek Bully’ Melikuziev (7-1, 6KOs) inside of three rounds in their super middleweight affair, having survived a first-round knockdown to produce what remains a leading candidate for 2021 Knockout of the Year.
Rosado has eyed a fight with Munguia ever since coming up just short in an unpopular twelve-round, split decision in favor of former middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs last November 27 in Hollywood, Florida. The fight is one that has piqued the interest of Munguia’s co-promoters, Zanfer Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
Both boxers are certainly on board for the affair as well.
“In talks with Golden Boy to make this epic fight happen in the fall,” Rosado confirmed. “The people want it. It’s time to deliver!”
“Let’s make it happen,” Munguia noted Wednesday via social media, the short-and-sweet message accompanied by photos of the two boxers face to face following their respective wins in June.
Munguia has stopped his last four opponents, including three straight since moving up to middleweight last January. Prior to the move, Munguia crammed five title defenses in a fourteen-month span after claiming the WBO junior middleweight title in a May 2018 stoppage win over Sadam Ali.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox