Jaime Munguia will be able to move forward with his next scheduled date.
For the second time in as many attempts, an opponent switch is in store for Munguia’s next ring appearance. The unbeaten former junior middleweight titlist will now face Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta, sources familiar with the development have informed BoxingScene.com. The bout serves as the new headliner for a June 19 show to air live on DAZN from Don Haskins Center on the campus of University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Szeremeta replaces countryman Maciej Sulecki, who withdrew from the contest for reasons not yet disclosed. ESPN Knockout’s Julius Julianis was the first to report the development. Representatives from Golden Boy Promotions declined comment as the bout has not yet been formally announced.
Tijuana’s Munguia (36-0, 29KOs) has been out of the ring since a 6th round stoppage of Tureano Johnson last October in Indio, California. The bout was the second at middleweight for Munguia, a former WBO junior middleweight champ who remains the number-one contender for the WBO middleweight title currently held by Demetrius Andrade.
Munguia was due to return to the ring on April 24 versus Sulecki, who withdrew from the bout due to an alleged elbow injury. Whispers swirled of the former middleweight title challenger being displeased with the relative short notice and prior uncertainty surrounding his travel visa. Event handlers moved on to unbeaten D’Mitrius Ballard, a Golden Boy-promoted middleweight who agreed to terms along with the date switch to April 23. That bout subsequently fell through after Ballard suffered an injury that ultimately resulted in the show as a whole moving to June 19.
With the new date, Munguia was once again able to look to Sulecki who came in as the preferred opponent by DAZN, who sought to have the event air earlier in the day to align with primetime in Poland. Terms were reached with the revised date announced in late April. Things have since went south for Sulecki, although he has been bailed out by his countryman.
Szeremeta (21-1, 5KOs) has not fought since suffering his lone defeat last December. The moment came in a failed title bid versus two-time and reigning IBF middleweight title claimant Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin, who floored the 31-year-old Polish contender four times en route to a 7th round stoppage in their DAZN main event from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
The most recent bouts for Munguia and Szeremeta both took place without fans in attendance. Their upcoming clash will come with a crowd on hand, with the venue allowing up to just below 40% capacity.
The balance of the show remains intact with the preservation of the fight date.
Also included on the show, 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Marlen Esparza challenges for her first world title, as the Houston native faces WBC flyweight titlist Ibeth Zamora. In the evening’s chief support, unbeaten super middleweight contender Bektemir ‘Bek The Bully’ Melikuziev (7-0, 6KOs) faces veteran trialhorse Gabriel Rosado (25-3-1, 14KOs) in a scheduled 12-round regional super middleweight title fight.
Rosado was rumored to be among those considered to replace Sulecki when news first broke of the main event shakeup.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox