Jaime Munguia vs. Gabriel Rosado. Picture / @GoldenBoyBoxing
Jaime Munguia isn’t probably the most ring savvy middleweight. He’s doesn’t have the tightest approach, and he’s not slick in any respect. However there isn’t a world-class 160 pounder that match his relentless workrate. And there aren’t many high middleweights who might take the punishment Munguia dished out for 12 rounds in addition to Gabriel Rosado did on Saturday evening.
Munguia soundly outworked Rosado to a unanimous determination by scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 in entrance of a vocal crowd of 11,000-plus on the Honda Heart in Anaheim, California, however the 35-year-old veteran was recreation and harmful all through the entertaining Golden Boy Promotions most important occasion that was streamed stay on DAZN.
“This was my hardest battle thus far, but it surely was an excellent battle that everybody loved,” Munguia (38-0, 31 KOs) stated throughout his post-fight interview.
“(Rosado) was a robust opponent as a result of he was coming down from 168 kilos.”
Rosado earned his shot at Munguia, The Ring’s No. 6-rated middleweight and the No. 1 contender for each the WBC and the WBO, in a crossroads match at tremendous middleweight.
In June, Rosado (26-14-1, 15 KOs) landed a wonderfully timed counter punch towards Bektemir Melikuziev, knocking the new prospect out chilly in Spherical 3.
Nonetheless, the two-time middleweight title challenger wasn’t capable of finding the positive shot towards the 25-year-old budding Mexican star, who properly set a quick and busy tempo from the opening bell. Rosado remained recreation and dialed all through the battle, however he was soundly outworked in each spherical.
Munguia didn’t merely throw extra punches than the older fighter, he fired off quick and fluid three-, four-, and five-punch mixtures to Rosado’s physique and head. Rosado slipped and blocked as many as he might, and positively landed his share of unpolluted energy pictures, however he finally absorbed an inordinate quantity of harm.
That doesn’t imply the battle wasn’t a compelling bout. Rosado at all times appeared one punch away from turning the battle in his favor, at the same time as he was seemingly drowning in punches in the course of the early rounds.
They went tit for tat within the last minute of Spherical 4 and through Rounds 5 and 6, and simply when it appeared like Munguia would overwhelm Rosado together with his rapid-fire combos in Rounds 7 and eight, the battle-tested Philadelphian appeared to rock the younger contender late within the eighth. Rosado rallied on the finish of Spherical 9 and took the battle to Munguia in Spherical 10, however the championship rounds had been clearly edged by the Tijuana native who appeared come of age throughout this battle.
Rosado may be forgiven for believing the battle was loads nearer than the official scorecards indicated.
“I assumed the scorecards had been too extensive,” Rosado stated throughout his post-fight interview. “I assumed the battle was loads nearer. He by no means harm me, however I harm him for positive. Each time I went to the physique I used to be hurting him. I had him harm in a couple of rounds.
“I’m happy with my efficiency. I hope the followers loved it.”
They did, and the identical followers will get pleasure from watching Munguia, a former WBO 154-pound beltholder, go for his second world title in a second weight class.
Munguia will finally be a compulsory challenger for the sanctioning physique straps belonging to Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade. Each People have higher abilities and approach than Munguia however neither appeared like world-beaters of their most up-to-date title defenses (Charlo was taken 12 rounds by unrated Juan Macias Montiel, a two-round TKO sufferer of Munguia’s when each had been teenage welterweights; Andrade had a tricky evening towards Liam Williams).
DAZN commentator Chris Mannix requested Munguia a few future showdown with The Ring’s No. 1-rated middleweight Gennadiy Golovkin, who will face Japanese star Ryota Murata (Ring’s No. 5 contender) on December 29.
“Sure, me and GGG can be an excellent battle for the general public,” Munguia stated. “I really feel very sturdy at middleweight and I’m getting stronger and higher with every battle. We’re prepared for a world title or an elimination bout within the coming 12 months.”
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