Jaime Munguia to Defend WBO Junior MW Title Against Patrick Allotey
Twenty-two-year-old junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia will defend the title against veteran Patrick Allotey this weekend in California.
Updated: Sept. 12, 2019 • 11:05 AM ET
Carson, Calif. will host this weekend's junior middleweight title fight.
The WBO junior middleweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as 22-year-old champion Jaime Munguia will defend the belt against veteran Patrick Allotey in Carson, Calif.
Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) will defend the title for the fifth time after winning a questionable majority decision against Dennis Hogan in April. The fight was built to be Munguia’s homecoming party in Monterrey, Mexico, but the champ had a less than stellar performance against an opponent many thought he should have steamrolled.
Munguia, however, believes he has made improvements under a new trainer since his last fight.
“My desire to show on Sept. 14 is that I’ve gotten better,” Munguia recently said at a press conference. “I’ve made some changes in the gym, I’m training with Erik Morales and I want to demonstrate that I’ve kept advancing, that I’ve kept learning.”
Munguia, whose greatest victories came in winning the title against Sadam Ali in May 2018 and his first defense against Liam Smith two months later, also recently announced that his fight with Allotey will be his last at junior middleweight.
“I am a young guy, who’s still growing,” Munguia said via The Athletic. “I’m only 22. When I move up to 160 pounds...I’ll stand as one of the biggest and tallest 160-pound fighters.”
While Munguia is young and loaded with potential, it’s hard to see him having the same success in a division ruled by the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Demetrius Andrade, Daniel Jacobs, Jermall Charlo and even Ryoto Murata. Expecting him to have the same sort of success via his punching power at 160 pounds is a stretch. First, he must get by Allotey (40-3, 30 KO), who has waited a long time to fight for his first major world title.
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The 28-year-old Allotey knows what he’s up against in Munguia.
“Ok first of all, I would like to thank my management for putting me on the map that I can face the world champion, Jamie Munguia, because in boxing, you need to fight with the best and because I think I am also the best,” Allotey said via Boxing Ghana.
Allotey is on a six-fight winning streak, last defeating Sherif Kasongo by unanimous decision in December. The Ghanian’s only other fight in the United States was a knockout loss to Patrick Teixeira in 2015. Since losing to Teixeira, Allotey has fought lesser competition, so stepping in the ring with Munguia will be a true test for the veteran. An Allotey victory on Saturday would be one of the biggest upsets of 2019.
“I also respect, Jamie is a great fighter, but I’m also African warrior who is coming to cause surprise on Sept. 14,” Allotey said.
• How to watch/start time: The main card can be seen on DAZN at 9 p.m. ET this Saturday.