Jaime Munguia, who is quickly establishing himself as one of the best young boxers in the sport, makes the first defense of his WBO world junior middleweight title when he takes on former champion Liam Smith Saturday night in Las Vegas.
In the United States, the fight will be televised nationally on HBO, with the broadcast starting at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Munguia vs Smith is scheduled as the second and last fight on the broadcast.
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Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) has already fought three times in 2018 but has only been inside the ring for a total of 10 rounds. He knocked out Jose Carlos Paz in the third round in February, did the same thing against Johnny Navarrete a month later, then, in a world title shot against Sadam Ali in May, he tallied a trio of knockouts before finishing the job early in the fourth round.
It has been a meteoric rise for the 21-year-old, who is now ranked as BoxRec’s No. 4 junior middleweight in the world behind only Jarrett Hurd, Erislandy Lara and Jermell Charlo.
Before he can potentially get his shot at one of them, though, Munguia will need to go through Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs), the mandatory challenger.
“Beefy” is the former owner of the title that will be on the line Saturday night. He won it in 2015 and made a pair of defenses before losing it to Canelo Alvarez via ninth-round knockout in September 2016. But he has won three in a row since that defeat, including a pair of victories over compatriot Liam Williams, and after having to bow out of a scheduled title fight against Ali (which Munguia then stepped in and won) due to a skin infection, he’s ready to re-enter the title picture.
“To go to Vegas and fight for a world title is every fighter’s dream,” Smith said. “But it’s only an extra incentive to my main motivation — getting that WBO world junior middleweight title back around my waist. Munguia is obviously a dangerous puncher, and I’ll have to be wary of him early on, but he’s never fought someone as good as me and a fully-fledged 154-pound fighter.”