By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Stacey Verbeek
WBO junior middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico successfully defended his title for the fifth time with a knockout over Patrick Allotey (40-4, 30 KOs) of Ghana in four rounds Saturday night at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
“I’m happy with my performance. This was a good victory to celebrate Mexican Independence Day weekend,” Munguia said. “I felt good. It was a process working him and breaking him down. When I knocked him down with a body shot he was breathing heavy.”
Allotey was sent to the hospital following the fight.
“I hope he is well and I wish him a speedy recovery and the best,” said Munguia.
This was Munguia’s first fight training under former world champion Erik Morales.
“Morales made me think more in the ring. He has a lot of experience. I give Erik and my whole team credit for this victory.”
The champ had indicated all week that this would be his last fight in the 154-pound junior middleweight division.
“I will talk to my team and think about what’s next,” he said. “I can’t tell you right now who my next opponent will be. I will likely move up to 160, have two fights and see if we can fight for a world title.”
Zanfer Promotions CEO Fernando Beltran also talked about Munguia’s future and possible options at 160.
“He will rest and go on vacation. I would like for him to fight in December. He’s a very active fighter and was good tonight. He would like to return to Tijuana for his first fight at 160. We will sit down and talk about it.”
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