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Munguia: I'm Willing To Face Jermell Charlo - I Want That Belt

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.

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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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Leonis on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=j0zef;18776727]Good for him. Once you're a world champion, you're no longer a contender and should be ready to accept all challenges. It was true for Tank, and it's true for Munguia.[/QUOTE] Tank is black he is not ready let him…

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 05-16-2018

i wanna see munguia vs hurd. that fight would be like p0rnography

Comment by SUBZER0ED on 05-16-2018

Munquia is suddenly in the thick of it. We'll see if he's ready.

Comment by MDPopescu on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=Leonis;18777503]And Berchelt. Benavidez is the truth though.[/QUOTE] I didn't follow Berchelt... But I was serious when I said Mexican are precocious...

Comment by Leonis on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=sammybee;18775868]Charlo with lubinize Munguia. Munguia should defend his belt at least thrice before calling out Charlo or Hurd.[/QUOTE] You think too much about Charlo and Hurd. I wont be surprised if the Mexican boy destroy both of em

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