Munguia on Liam Smith Fight: Ali's Style is More Difficult For Me

By Ben Jacobs

Just last month, rising Mexican talent Jaime Munguía (29-0, 25 KOs) dethroned former World Boxing Organization [WBO] champion Sadam Ali with a vicious fourth round stoppage.

The 21-year-old had been touted as a possible opponent for Gennady Golovkin when his rematch with Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez fell through. 

That potential match-up was rejected by the Nevada State Athletic Commission but Munguía’s path to success was swift when the Ali bout was signed.


Speaking from his home in Tijuana, Baja California, Jaime conveyed to his delight at being a newly crowned world champion and enthused on his forthcoming defence against former WBO holder Liam Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs).

“I feel very happy that I’m a champion and for having this opportunity - and we took advantage of it.  I’m motivated to carry on and win more,” he beamed.

“I saw that I was a lot bigger than him (Ali) at the weigh-in despite there being only one pound difference between us.  I felt very big next to him.  I went out with the mentality to get that knock out from the first bell, I didn’t want a round of studying him or anything like that! 

“Thanks to the Golovkin fight being turned down it actually worked in my favour and opened this door to me.  A lot of people got to know me over this and I think I showed a little bit of what I’ve got and, I’ll carry on doing that in my next fight.”

That next fight, due to be against Englishman Smith, reportedly in July in California, will see Jaime face an opponent who has already shared a ring with his fellow Mexican Álvarez when he lost his title to the Guadalajara native back in 2016.  Munguía, however, is expecting a tough night’s work from the Liverpudlian.

“I saw his fight with ‘Canelo’.  I think Ali’s style was more difficult for me because he moves a lot, but Liam Smith stays in front of you and that helps me.  He has a bit of a Mexican style in fact, he comes forward and throws punches but also takes some.

“He had some success against ‘Canelo’ but it was mainly when ‘Canelo’ went to the ropes or didn’t move - so I have to be aware of that.  I have to get in there, throw punches and get out, I have to avoid backing onto the ropes because that’s when he can be dangerous. 

“He’s probably the best fighter I will have fought so far.  Sadam Ali is a very good boxer but Liam Smith is a very good toe-to-toe fighter.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scopedog on 06-13-2018

[QUOTE=Southpawology;18856882]Fight night weights: Ali 169 . Mungia 170.[/QUOTE] Absolute rubbish, don’t you have eyes?

Comment by Southpawology on 06-13-2018

[QUOTE=Mister Wolf;18856831]Easy fight for the weight bully.[/QUOTE] Fight night weights: Ali 169 . Mungia 170.

Comment by Mister Wolf on 06-13-2018

Easy fight for the weight bully.

Comment by Letmaku on 06-13-2018

Lower weights British fighters can not compete w/ small people from around the world just ask Flanagan, Ricky Burns and Ricky Hatton! 😂

Comment by otrocubiche on 06-13-2018

I watched a couple of fights before the one vs ali and that's why i picled to ko ali, I like how he doubles and triples the hooks up and down, he still gets hit a lot, hope his defense…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Filip Hrgovic vs. Amir Mansour on September 8, Cornish Out Khan vs. Vargas Card: Steven Donnelly, Sean McComb Added Shawn Porter Celebrates Arrival of 'Peak Week' For Danny Garcia Wilder: Joshua, Hearn Degraded Me - $15 Mill & No Percentage! Video: Joe Cortez Talks Wilder vs. Fury and Canelo vs. GGG Video: David Benavidez Talks Dirrell, Ramirez, Uzcatguei Video: Al Bernstein Discusses Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Cristofer Gonzalez: It Would Be an Honor To Face Sor Rungvisai Abel Sanchez: By End of 2019, Joyce Ready For Wilder, Joshua O'Sullivan: I'll Smash Through Lemieux - Canelo or GGG Next! Tyson Fury May Train in Big Bear For Deontay Wilder Clash Devin Haney vs. Juan Carlos Burgos - ShoBox Triple is Official Canelo vs. Golovkin Rematch - Undercard Officially Announced Tyson Fury Explodes on Dillian Whyte in War of Words Joshua Greer Inks Promotional Pact With Top Rank Hatton: Wilder is Technically Not That Good, Fury Wins on Points Fury: I'd Love Another Fight Before Wilder, Not an Ideal World PBC on FS1 - August 24 Card - 90 Minute Prelims Telecast Added Scott Quigg To Return On Saunders vs. Andrade October 20 Card Umar Salamov vs. Denis Liebau - September 5 in Russia Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Ruslan Madiev, Golden Boy on ESPN, 9/13 Usyk vs. Bellew In Play For November 10 in London Fury: F***ing Great Performance; Crowd Loved Every Minute! Terence Crawford Sees No Obstacles in Facing PBC Fighters Saunders Sees Wilder-Fury Unfolding Similar To Fury-Pianeta Frampton: Warrington is Not an Easy Fight, Will Be Very Exciting Hidenori Otake Vows To KO Isaac Dogboe in Glendale Jay Harris: Me vs. Andrew Selby is a Good Fight For Welsh Fans! Wilder: Joshua Got His Name By Beating an Inactive, Beaten Guy! Wilder: Fury is Ready, He's in Perfect Shape, No Excuses Andrew Moloney Ready For Concepcion, Wants Kal Yafai Video: Lamon Brewster Talks Wilder-Fury, Wilder-Joshua Fights Video: Jose Benavidez Talks Crawford Title Shot, Porter-Garcia Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury: The Heist Wilder: Hearn, Joshua Are Envious - Said Fury Wouldn't Happen Boxing figures to band together to raise cash for Chris Edwards Jaime Munguia vs. Brandon Cook on Canelo-Golovkin Card Fury: If I Didn't Believe I Could Beat Wilder - I'd Pack Up & Retire Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury is a 50-50 Deal, Says Frank Warren Video: Brandon Rios Talks Ring Return, Garcia-Porter, More

Latest Active Forum Threads