Munguia: I am ready for any challenge

“We have always pursued high-profile fighters like Golovkin and Charlo and those fights haven’t materialized due to circumstances that are out of our control.”

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Photo: Cris Esqueda/Golden Boy Promotions

Unbeaten former junior middleweight world Champion Jaime Munguia (41-0, 32 KOs) hosted a media workout today to promote his 10-round super middleweight clash against Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (14-4, 10 KOs) on June 10 at Toyota Arena, in Ontario, California.

The event was hosted at Munguia’s training gym in Big Bear Lake and was attended by Golden Boy Chairman and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya.

Jaime Munguia: “Derevyanchenko is a tough fighter. He is someone who has gone to the ring and gone the distance with high profile fighters. No one has been able to knock him down and I think this fight and a victory against Derevyanchenko will show everyone that I am ready for any challenge.”

“I am not very worried about what has happened in other fights that Derevyanchenko has been involved in. I do not feel pressure about knocking him out, but I do know that I am going to deliver a convincing victory. I know that I am going to go into the ring and do what I have to do to win.”

“We have always pursued high profile fighters like Golovkin and Charlo and those fights haven’t materialized due to circumstances that are out of our control. He hasn’t fought in two-and-a-half years and is still considered the world champion, I am not sure what his plan is moving forward, but I am ready to face him if he wants to get in the ring with me. For Golovkin, we reached out to him for this fight, and he didn’t return, I think he may be enjoying a vacation.”

Oscar De La Hoya: “We want all the big names for Jaime – but we want that fight against Charlo. After our major commercial success with the Ryan Garcia fight, we have the framework to work with PBC and Showtime. But, if that can’t happen, Munguia will fight anyone – Gennadiy, or even David Benavidez are great options for him.

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  • Oscar De la pinga is running out of fighters, zurdo ramirez and kingry exposed now, munguia is next in line!

  • I noticed Alimkhanuly missing from their wish list. It’s one of the obvious fights to make @160, but Munguia’s team won’t even utter his name. They’d rather focus on Charlo, who hasn’t fought in 2 1/2 years, or GGG who is 40 and may or may not fight again. Interesting that they’re throwing Benavidez’s name around though…

    • That’s the obvious fight to make imo, but they don’t even seem to be the slightest interested in one another anymore. Don’t have to deal with PBC or find out if GGG is interested or have to move up to fight Berlanga. Because virtually all of the big names at the weight don’t REALLY seem interested in fighting one another, middleweight may just be the worst division in the sport.

      • I wouldn’t mind Munguia-Berlanga. Team Munguia might as well move in that direction rather than waiting on Charlo/GGG, which may never happen. Besides, they don’t seem interested in much else @160.

  • We’ve been hearing this same nonsense for the last five years while Munguia continues to fight safe opposition.

  • I doubt if Munguia will have opportunities to fight GGG, Lara and/or Charlo. I know they will never EVER allow Munguia to fight a prime, solid Alimkhanuly. I believe Munguia would TKO or KO Zerafa.

    I am also wondering how much longer can Munguia make 160. Does the Munguia camp only seek weight bully advantages at 160?

    After Munguia’s upcoming victory, let’s see a Munguia/Adames fight or a Munguia/Smith fight. Smith will KO or TKO Eubank, Jr. in a rematch. If Munguia ever fights Eubank, Jr., Munguia will win by an easy TKO or by an easy KO. No Austin Williams because he needs more fights.

    At some point, the Munguia camp has to allow Munguia to hit his chest multiple times and roar for bigger challenges (Adames and Alimkhanuly). Otherwise, there are no other challenging avenues at 160.

  • I’m a big fan of jaime but also Benavidez as well and I will say this.ldont think he can take Benavidez but I would like to see what this cat has. I’m sure that he can give Charlo a good fight and his power has progressed as he has grown into his actual frame at 160 plus.

  • Stop basing your comments on DLH. Enough. Focus on the fighters. Munguia will win with youth, speed and power, but also boxing skill. The kid is good. Stop with the DLH hate carrying over to this kid’s career.

  • Thus far, Jaime Mungia has followed the same career path as Vaugn Bean. Remember him?

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