By Miguel Rivera
WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) wants more world titles around his waist.
Munguia, who is the new hero of Tijuana, wants to get his hands on the WBC world title, which is currently held by Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs).
"I'm willing to face Jermell Charlo, it would be a matter of talking to his promoter. It would be important, because that belt is the most prestigious in the world of boxing and I would love to have it, I am willing to fight with whoever it is," Munguia said.
This past Saturday night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, Munguia became an overnight sensation when he demolished United States Olympian Sadam Ali in four rounds to capture the WBO belt. Ali went down four times in the contest before it was waved off.
It was Ali's first defense since upsetting Miguel Cotto for the belt last December.
Munguia took the fight on very late notice, after mandatory challenger Liam Smith withdrew with illness.
Because of the victory, Golden Boy Promotions (who have Ali) have a promotional option on Munguia.
Charlo is scheduled to return to the ring next month, when he defends his world title against former world champion Austin Trout in Los Angeles.
Beyond Trout, Showtime would like to see him face WBA, IBF unified champion Jarrett Hurd in the fall.
Earlier today, BoxingScene.com reported that Munguia was ordered by the World Boxing Organization to make a mandatory defense against Smith. They have 30 days to reach a deal before a purse bid is ordered. Smith previously held the WBO belt before he was knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in 2016.
Munguia will attempt to negotiate a step-aside as he wants to make a voluntary defense in Tijuana before a fight with Smith - but there is no guarantee that Smith will take money to delay his shot.