What Does GGG’s Trainer Abel Sanchez Think About Jaime Munguia?



What Does GGG’s Trainer Abel Sanchez Think About Jaime Munguia?

Saturday’s shocker main event ending didn’t come as a shock to everyone, because there was some chatter coming in that Jaime Munguia would have Team Sadam Ali wishing they’d gone another route when accepting the Mexican as a sub for Liam Smith.

The bombs away blast fest from Munguia drew wows and and ‘oh sh-ts!’ from fans everywhere, it was that sort of showing.

Much credit has to go to Ali, it can’t be said enough, for trying to hang tough and make his way through the hurricane, while a hailstorm of fists splattered in his face.

One chatter channel after Munguia’s win came with people discussing that very-interesting-in-rear-view decision by the Nevada Athletic Commission turned down Munguia as a fill-in foe for Canelo Alvarez to tango with Gennady Golovkin on May 5. Munguia is a 154, and his record and resume don’t indicate that he’s at a proper level to compete with GGG, was their thinking. His showing versus Ali left some curious just how he’d have fared versus the Kazakhstani, and would it have been better than Vanes Martirosyan?

I put it to GGG’s coach, Abel Sanchez. Did he watch Munguia demolish Ali? What did he think of that effort, which saw the Mexican promoted by Zanfer, with an option held by Golden Boy, grab Ali’s 154 pound title?

“Munguia had been on my radar, because I have fighters in that weight division, but for GGG I wanted a stiff test that would be available, so I knew of him,” Sanchez said. And was he surprised at Munguia’s wrecking ball outing? “No, surprise was how bad Cotto looked, Ali didn’t belong at that level. Jessie Vargas proved that.”

Sanchez continued: “I had conversations about training him, but I had a full house, he got a great opportunity against the weakest link.”

I don’t know, he looks like a real-deal beast to me, no?

“If they don’t rush him, he could very well develop into something worth watching,” Sanchez said.

What say you all; is Munguia a future star who lit Ali up and showed us his star power on May 12?

Or should we not make too much of him beating Ali, who many are saying in retrospect is best suited to 147? Talk to me…

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.