23 year-old Jaime Munguia moved up to middleweight to beat Gary O’Sullivan
Munguia hoped his splashy performance can help for a fight with Canelo during Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Independence Day weekend.
- 12 round middleweight fight on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Alamodome in San Antonio, TX .
- Streamed on DAZN. See videos below!
Seeing that O’Sullivan looked like a guy who didn’t want to be in there too much longer, Munguia closed the show, first by staggering O’Sullivan with a right hand. Sensing the end was near, Munguia uncorked several combinations. O’Sullivan’s corner tossed in the towel right right before he dropped O’Sullivan with a right hand. Read more.
Video 2: Calls out Canelo and GGG!
Past weight issues:
Munguia was the WBO’s junior middleweight champion and made a decision to move up in weight after struggling to make the division limit of 154-pounds.
Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs), 23, of Mexico, won a 154-pound world title by one-sided fourth-round knockout of Sadam Ali in May 2018 and made five defenses but never faced another major name in the division, beating the likes of former titlist Liam Smith, Brandon Cook, Takeshi Inoue, Dennis Hogan (by controversial decision) and, in his most recent defense, Patrick Allotey on Sept. 14.
“I feel very happy to be starting the year 2020 with a great fight at a great place like San Antonio, Texas,” Munguia said. “I have fought in Houston before, where the people there treated me very well. I think that San Antonio won’t be any different. We’re going to deliver a great fight against a tough fighter in Gary O’Sullivan. He’s great and he’s strong, but we’re going to come very well prepared. We plan to do an excellent job and make it very clear who is the best in the ring.”
O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs), 35, of Ireland, has faced mostly club-level opposition. The three times he stepped up in class, he lost, by near-shutout decision to two-division world titlist Billy Joe Saunders in 2013, by seventh-round knockout to top contender Chris Eubank Jr. in 2015 and by first-round destruction to former titleholder David Lemieux on the Canelo Alvarez-Gennadiy Golovkin II card in September 2018. O’Sullivan has won two low-level fights since the blowout by Lemieux.
“For me, it’s a dream come true to fight the undefeated [junior middleweight] champion of the world,” O’Sullivan said. “It makes it even better that he’s Mexican. I grew up watching the great Mexican champions, and to get the opportunity to fight Jaime is an honor. I will leave no stone unturned in my preparation for this fight. I can’t recall feeling more motivated by any other fight in my career thus far. I believe this fight will be a war that the fans will talk about for many years to come.”