Rising Star Jaime Munguia to Defend Title Against Dennis Hogan

Rising Star Jaime Munguia to Defend Title Against Dennis Hogan in Mexico

WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia will defend the title against sturdy challenger Dennis Hogan this weekend in Monterrey, Mexico.

Updated: April 10, 2019 • 4:35 PM ET

Monterrey, Mexico will host this weekend's WBO junior middleweight title fight.

Twenty-two-year-old Mexican champion Jaime Munguia will defend the WBO junior middleweight title against Dennis Hogan this Saturday in Monterrey, Mexico.

The undefeated champ last fought in January, defeating Takeshi Inoue by unanimous decision. The victory was Munguia’s third-straight successful title defense since winning the belt against Sadam Ali last May.

Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) is one of the hottest young prospects in boxing and has proven that he has the championship pedigree to match the hype. Aside the victories over Ali and Inoue, he has defeated notable fighters, including Brandon Cook, Liam Smith, Johnny Navarrete and Jose Carlos Paz.

Munguia has the potential to be a multiple-weight world champion, and when asked during a recent conference call who he would like to fight next if he defeats Hogan this weekend, Munguia said, “I have no one in mind right now. I’m simply going to keep fighting and keep fighting good opponents like Dennis Hogan. But that’s a question for my promoter Fernando Beltran.”

Munguia also explained that he’s ready to defend the title on his home turf.

“I’m very happy to be coming back to Mexico as a world champion,” Munguia said. “This is the last place where I fought before I became a world champion and made all of my defenses, so it’s very exciting to be coming back to Mexico, coming back to Monterrey.”

Hogan (28-1-1, 7 KOs) has won six straight fights since experiencing the only loss of his career, a unanimous decision defeat to Jack Culcay in 2015. He last defeated Jamie Weetch by unanimous decision in December.

“My dream of becoming a world champion is very strong, and I’ve been doing everything in training, ticking all the boxes and doing everything right to make that happen,” Hogan said during the conference call. “Training has been going extremely well. I’ve got laser focus, and I see myself lifting the title on April 13th in Mexico.”

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The 34-year-old Hogan has notable victories over Jimmy Kilrain Kelly, Yuki Nonaka and Yao Yi Ma. The Ireland native will have the disadvantage of fighting in front of a large crowd in Munguia’s backyard, but he’ll also have to find a way to neutralize the young champion’s power. Hogan hasn’t shown the greatest power in his fights, but he has shown that he has tremendous heart and can be expected to push Munguia.

“I’ve been the underdog a lot in my career,” Hogan said. “I understand where it’s at. I understand that all the pressure will be on Munguia going back to Mexico and having to fight there.

“Whatever way he deals with that, I don’t believe that that’s a major strength in my gameplan anyway. My gameplan is set, and I’m ready to do whatever it takes. But that’s boxing: it’s a business as much as a sport and everyone’s looking to see what the biggest fights can be made, so I understand it is what it is. But I am here to make an upset, and with that I have a lot of confidence. So, I enjoy people asking and seeing what the biggest fights next are because when other names are being mentioned, they’re probably the names I'll be fighting next.”

• The fight can be seen this Saturday on DAZN at 6 p.m.

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