Jaime Munguia Wants To Return as Soon as Possible

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 after the fight.

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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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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by buddyguns on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=Hot Shyt;18965843]thats a terrible quote four fights in half a year is ridiculous. he can do it because he's young and also hasnt taken a beating in any of his fights.[/QUOTE] I'm a fan of any active fighter, regardless of…

Comment by Hot Shyt on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=buddyguns;18964903]Love this kids activity rate. Other boxers should take notice. Get him in there with Castano, Hogan, or Teixeira next. They'd all provide good work to get him ready for the big dogs in the division. "To rest is to…

Comment by Kurttruk on 07-25-2018

No need to rush. Meanwhile, Brook with a large fan base would be a perfect fit for this kid. Blast that sockets again then fight some contenders before stepping up against the top dogs. Trout is a good matchup! If…

Comment by Mister Wolf on 07-24-2018

He is a champion and a prospect at the same time. Reminds me of young Broner when HBO was feeding him bums.

Comment by slimPickings on 07-24-2018

He needs to tighten up his defense and do that FAST!!!

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