Munguia won a controversial decision over Dennis Hogan in April
This is turning into a reality show.
The latest twist in the Canelo Alvarez saga comes in the form of WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia. His promoter, Fernando Beltran, tells ESPN Deportes that he’s received an offer for his charge to face Canelo on September 14th. He’d previously been mulling offers “on the table” to face Patrick Teixeira, Jessie Vargas, or Dennis Hogan in a rematch of their controversial April bout.
To make matters even more complicated, Mike Coppinger recently reported that Munguia (33-0, 26 KO) “is a possibility” to fight Gennady Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KO) if Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO) elects to forego their trilogy match in favor of facing Sergey Kovalev, “especially if Canelo-Kovalev doesn’t land in September.” Alvarez is presently dealing with some discomfort in his left knee that could potentially delay his return, but Eric Gomez claims that he still intends to fight in September and will simply adjust his cardio preparations.
Frankly, neither of those fights is as interesting as it was a year ago. Munguia’s fight with Hogan revealed technical deficiencies that the 22-year-old’s size and power weren’t sufficient to compensate for. Against durable, technically sound elites like Canelo and GGG, it’s hard to see an avenue of victory outside a freak punch, and considering that the two cumulatively spent over an hour lobbing bombs at each other’s heads to no avail, the possibility seems remote.
This whole mess is getting exhausting, but at least it gives me stuff to write about.