LAS VEGAS — Via simply three fights on the world stage, 21-year-old WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia continues to seem like nothing however an issue for the 154-pound division.
Given a showcasing co-main occasion spot on Saturday’s Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin II pay-per-view card at T-Cellular Enviornment, Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) dominated the smaller and overmatched Brandon Cook in a third-round TKO.
Munguia, a local of Mexico, first gained prominence when he almost challenged Golovkin for his middleweight titles in Might after Alvarez withdrew from their initially scheduled rematch following a pair of failed drug assessments. After Munguia was rejected by the Nevada State Athletic Fee as a suitable opponent, he used the previous months to change into considered one of boxing’s most promising motion fighters on the rise.
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A knockout of then-champion Sadam Ali in Might and a hard-fought choice win over Liam Smith in July led Munguia to a fast return towards Cook, a local of Canada who got here in as a heavy underdog. Towering over Cook as a particularly massive 154-pounder, Munguia regarded extra like a light-weight heavyweight as he outlanded his opponent 43 to 13, in response to CompuBox, by specializing in the physique.
Munguia additionally saved with the them of the PPV undercard by contributing a 3rd early end when he dropped Cook (20-2, 13 KOs) with a physique shot in Spherical three and continued along with his predatory assault alongside the ropes moments later till referee Tony Weeks jumped in to finish the battle.
“My final battle, I wasn’t centered sufficient for that battle however this time I used to be centered,” Munguia stated. “I feel I am at all times wanting for the knockout and that was a part of the issue. Now, I centered just a little bit extra and you’re seeing the outcomes now.”
Requested after the battle whether or not he would take into account in search of a possibility towards a fighter as harmful as Golovkin as an alternative of constant his regular progress at such a younger age, the hungry Munguia did not again down.
“Every battle you see what you probably did properly and did not achieve this properly and also you be taught from every battle and produce it with you into the following battle,” Munguia stated. “It is a course of. I am studying different issues and I am nonetheless younger but when [a Golovkin fight] comes on the desk once more, I am going to take the battle.”
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