Munguia stops O’Sullivan; Jimenez upsets Dezurn on DAZN!
Andre Barrera reporting ringside
Former WBO super welterweight champ Jaime Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) was successfully in his middleweight fight by defeating Gary O’Sullivan via TKO in the 11th round at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Munguia looked faster than he did at the 154 as his team predicted. After three rounds, I sat in my seat buckled up as the fight generated early fireworks. I scored it 2-0 Munguia after two rounds, but a right hand at the end of the third buckled Munguia.
Munguia looked a bit shaky but eventually settled down and used his jab, athleticism, and quickness to gain control. Munguia took the fight over and had O’Sullivan hurt and down in the 7th round with a body shot, but the punch was ruled a low blow.
The jury is still out on if the Jaime Munguia/Erik Morales, boxer/trainer relationship will gel. While Munguia looked fantastic at times in two fights with Morales (both stoppage wins), he still needs to continue working on his defense. Also, as he doesn’t seem to be a one-punch knockout guy, he should work on setting up the big punch more than throwing haymakers.
I would give Munguia a B- or C+, but when asked to assess his performance, Munguia had higher marks for himself. Munguia said, “I would give myself an eight or nine. I had to do some more things, but will take this fight by fight.”
Munguia also took time to call out a few fighters.
“I would like to fight the best of this division: Canelo, Golovkin, or the Charlo’s. I know they have more experience, but I look forward to those fights,” said Munguia.
The question is: Is Munguia ready?
If it is Saul Alvarez, I’d say no. He needs more seasoning. However, Golden Boy Promotions isn’t one to prolong a huge Mexican matchup that will do serious numbers. So maybe we see that fight in May 2021? Certainly not September 2020 right?
Gennadiy Golovkin seems ripe for the picking at age 38 should they fight. I don’t think Golden Boy would take the risk as Golovkin is a beast at 160 and a win would ruin a Canelo showdown.
Jermall Charlo is a winnable fight for Munguia, but will PBC allow Charlo to sign with DAZN to make the matchup a reality. Odds are it won’t happen.
There are other matchups like Demetrius Andrade, Chris Eubank Jr, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Liam Smith, Jeff Horn, and Rob Brant to speak of. I’d like to see him try to grab a belt and take on Ryota Murata. I think that would be a decent test, but winnable for sure. Stay tuned.
In the co-feature, Alejandra “La Tigre” Jimenez (13-0-1, 9 KOs) upset Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews Dezurn (6-2, 2 KOs) via split decision. With the win, Jimenez captured the WBO and WBC female super middleweight titles.
The fight was very entertaining with Dezurn starting off fast and Jimenez closing strong. Eventually Dezurn’s punches lost steam and Jimenez began landing harder shots. Two things of note occurred in the fight. First of all, the size, muscularity, and characteristics of Jimenez. Ann Wolfe has nothing on her.
Secondly, we were taken back to Paulie Malignaggi’s hair extension malfunction against Lovemore N’Dou some years ago. Dezurn (literally) lost her wig in the fight and while in the corner, trainer Barry Hunter demand it be ripped off. Dezurn protested, but Hunter popped her on the face and told her to worry about the titles and not the hair. Strange scene.
Scores were 97-93 and 98-92 for Jimenez, and 97-93 for Dezurn. I agree with the cards for Jimenez.
Dezurn said, “I’m heartbroken, but I’ve been here before. This is a learning experience; I have to go back and regroup with my team because I don’t think a decision on my favor was that far. This was a tough fight for me. This was my eighth fight, but I’m still learning and growing in the ring.”
Jimenez said, “This is not over for me. I’m expecting to go after Claressa Shields at middleweight division.”
Lastly, if you want to see a great way to end a fight with a body shot, check out hard hitting Travell Mazion. He ended his fight with Fernando Castaneda with a textbook hook to the body to capture the vacant NABF junior super welterweight title. Check it out below.
Finally a thanks to Ed Keenan at EMC Events and to Golden Boy Promotions.
There’s nothing prettier (and uglier) than a knockout to the body 🤮💥pic.twitter.com/4oeQz3oVt7