Despite growing up in Tijuana, it was a homecoming of sorts for Jaime Munguia when he stepped out into the ring in Arena Monterrey on Saturday night.
Much has changed for the 22-year-old since 2016. At the time, he was fighting on an undercard that was propping up another Latino star, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr., before a fight against Canelo Alvarez.
Since then, 13 consecutive victories, an upset win over Sadam Ali to win the WBO Super Welterweight Title and 3 title defenses. But very much like the headliner on 2016, Munguia has his eyes set on the likes of Canelo, GGG, and the big names that moving up to 160lbs has to offer.
With his handlers leery of the risk at such an early time in his career, Jaime Munguia despite being the A-side, returned home with something to prove against the Australian fighter by way of Ireland, Dennis Hogan.
Hogan came into the fight as a 30-1 underdog but his actions prefight would not have indicated it. In the prefight interviews with media, Hogan continually saying he felt confident with his speed and ability to beat Munguia by winning more rounds. Heres how the fight broke down-
Munguia (32-0, 26 KO) Hogan (28-1-1, 7 KO)
The first round began with the youthful Jaime showing a presence towards the center of the ring as the fighters felt each other out. The strategy by Hogan, to the chagrin of the crowd, was to constantly be moving and eluding the power from the larger Munguia. Going into the 3rd round, a small base of green colored fans making their presence felt as Hogan landed 2 clear shots which seemingly woke Munguia who landed a solid counter that stunned the Irishman. The 4th round was all Hogan, the right hand being a dominant force, 6 times connecting. By the end of the 5th, much of the ringside crowd standing on their feet, Munguia began to land more impactful shots despite Hogan still being able to land the right. The middle rounds found defined themselves as a see-saw. By the end of the 7th, the home crowd growing pensive as was the corner, which began to assume that Munguia may be behind on the cards. After a solid uppercut landed in the 8th, Munguia slouched in the corner. His trainer put his hand on the back of his neck and told him “we need to change this”. After another close round in the 9th, Munguia wrapped his glove around his trainer and asked “Are we winning?” —while looking completely defeated. As the championship rounds came, so too did Hogan’s confidence begin to grow, landing punches at distance. As the seconds counted down in the 12th, Munguia displayed a sense of urgency that comes with outright desperation of potential devastation. This was when Munguia applied the most pressure, landing his best shots of the latter half of the fight. As the 12th closed both fighters raised their hands. One forcing a smile and the other elated with what was obviously the fight of his career.
In a year full of upsets, few things could match an Irish born Australian winning on the cards in Mexico. But….The biggest upset of the year would not come to be; unless you were judging the scorecards which many did not agree with. The final tally gave a razor-thin Majority Decision to the Golden Boy promoted Jaime Munguia.
After the fight, Dennis Hogan, emotionally upset, said that he had already been offered the rematch and felt like the judges had taken from his family and his children. A relieved Munguia seemed to back off the desire to jump right up to 160, deferring to his promotion in regards to what happens next.
In a decision that will be discussed long after Saturday night in Monterrey, Jaime Munguia gets a victory on his record and Dennis Hogan leaves Mexico feeling slighted by the judges.
In Other Action-
Diego De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KO) NC Enrique Bernache (24-12, 12 KO)
Some would consider it a leg up to have the same last name as Oscar on a Golden Boy Promotion. Much of the discussion was how difficult it was for Diego to make weight, and a video showing the featherweight stepping off the scales before the number could be seen. While protected by his namesake, many ringside journalists were vocal in stating a solid victory was needed against a fighter that had lost 5 of his last 7. This would not be a night for redemption as in the 2nd round, a combination of accidental head butts opened up a Badou Jack style cut on the head of Bernache. The doctors were quick to call the fight a No Contest. A vocally upset De La Hoya voicing afterward multiple times “I just want to fight.” Hopefully, a 300+ day lay off and difficulty at the scale will not be part of his future plans.
Patrick Teixeira (30-1, 22 KO) MD Mario Lozano (33-9, 24 KO)
While no belt was on the line, the potential of a fight against the headliner for the victor served as the motivation for the opener of the main cards’ two fighters. In round 1 Lozano was aggressive, scoring a looping right hand of note against the equally game southpaw. Teixeira’s corner spent the time between the opening rounds reminding the Brazilian that he had a 6-inch reach advantage and needed to utilize it. The early tone was aggression. Lozano seemingly enjoying the pace that allowed a closer distance winning the 4th round of a back and forth. The 6th round found a rain of boos for a more pensive less active Teixeira, wary of Lozano’s counter punch. While effective in spots, both fighters backed completely off their fast start as the fight lagged on with Texiera winning most of the rounds. While Lozano was pushing the action for the final 2 rounds, to the cheers of the crowd, Patrick Texiera came away with a majority decision to win the fight. The final scorecard has one judge with a draw, the other 2 with a narrow one round victory. The style and lack of engagement may have cost Teixeira a golden ticket that could have come with a more impressive win.
Arely Mucino (28-3-2, 10 KO) UD Yairineth Altuve (10-3, 10 KO)
In what started as an all-out slugfest from the opening bell, Arely “The Machine Gun” Mucino had more ammo in a high output tilt till the final round. Scoring 2 knockdowns that could have been called pushdowns or trips, Mucino survived a hard check left to the chin at the end of the 9th in route to a unanimous decision.
Javier Gonzalez (14-0 10KOs) UD -Saul Gonzalez (8-2 2KOs)
21 Year Old Golden Boy prospect Javier Gonzalez was clearly the better man in a relatively easy unanimous decision against Saul Gonzalez. Only a few power punches of note as Javier kept distance, letting his skills and distance point himself to victory in the 6 round match.