By Ryan Burton
If you didn't see the fight and just glanced at the scorecards, Jaime Munguia's unanimous decision victory over Liam Smith (26-2-1) appeared to be routine with scores of 116-111, 117-110, and 119-108.
However the fight was anything but easy for the 21-year-old Munguia (30-0) who defended his WBO super welterweight title for the first time. He had won the title in May when he stopped Sadam Ali in New York.
Munguia absorbed his share of punishment and admitted that some of the punches he threw were wild. He said that this was exactly the type of fight he needed to get the experience to take him to the next level as he evolves as a fighter.
"I said in other interviews that I am still very young and I fought an opponent with a lot of experience but after this fight I am not so green anymore. I learned a lot. It will help me a lot with my next fights. I am going to review the tape of the fight and fix all of the errors I made," Munguia told BoxingScene.com.
The 21-year-old Mexican already has four fights under his belt in 2018 but doesn't want to slow down his busy schedule. Golden Boy Promotions had an option on the Zanfer Promotions fighter's last fight and Munguia said that he would be very interested in turning right around and fighting on September 15th on the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin pay-per-view card.
"If they give the opportunity I would love to fight on that card. Like I said, I will get back in the gym as soon as possible so that if they call me to be on the card I will be ready," said Munguia who vows to put on a more dominant performance in his next ring appearance.
"The truth is that I am going to keep getting better and better and next time I will put on a better performance."
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