By Ryan Burton
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0) passed his toughest test as a professional in his first title defense. Munguia defeated Liam Smith (26-2-1) via unanimous decision in an HBO main event and while he landed several big shots, he took his fair share as well.
When it was all said and done the 21-year-old Tijuana, Mexico native said that he learned a lot from the experience and that the fight will only make him better.
"I felt really good. I came in very prepared and I don't have any excuses. I faced a strong opponent who came in and gave it 100%. What happened, happened and thankfully we got the win. We will get back in the gym and work on fixing our mistakes," Munguia told BoxingScene.com after the fight.
Munguia has already fought four times this year but isn't looking at taking a break anytime soon. He said that he hopes he can get right back in the ring and defend his title in the very near future.
"I don't know when I will be back in the ring but I will get back in the gym as soon as possible so that when they tell me they have a fight for me I will be ready," Munguia stated.
Prior to the announcement of the fight, Munguia's promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions was hoping to stage his fighter's first title defense in his hometown in an optional defense.
Those plans were put on hold when the WBO ordered him to face Smith who was was the WBO's mandatory challenger. Munguia said that he is still very interested in a homecoming fight.
"I would love to fight at home in Tijuana or anywhere else in Mexico in front of his people. A lot of people have supported me and followed me and I would like the chance to fight in front of them," explained Munguia.
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