They say that stars are born overnight, but if they really are, they're at least incubated for several months- or even years.
“Say hello to my little friend,” 21 year-old WBO super welterweight champion Jaimie Munguia (29-0, 25KOs), the Mexican edition of a nobody Tony Montana ice grilling bosses…
..and demanding things loudly from the bell.
As if ‘Scarface' sizing up the center of the ring with Frank Lopez, Munguia carries a dismissive insouciance in mere consideration of unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in a way that's flat out gangsta.
“With all due respect he is 37 and he's on his way out,” said Munguia, via Villainfy Media recently, not really caring about making Triple G a little older than he really is.
Actually, he would have.
Munguia surfaced as a potentially dangerously green opponent for a Golovkin suddenly without a Mexican star on Cinco De Mayo, almost literally over some bullshit and whatever agent entered his system. With literally zero notice, Munguia and his camp wanted to fight Golovkin badly. HBO (remembering Golovkin's 5th round destruction of a still unknown Grzegorz Proksa in 2012, a fight that made Golovkin a star in his scintillating debut) wasn't about to risk a Canelo Alvarez rematch with Triple G at the hands of Munguia. Neither was lead trainer Abel Sanchez. And neither was Golden Boy CEO, Oscar De La Hoya, who had other ideas. The ones that throw Sadam Ali to the wolf that is Munguia, after Miguel Cotto sprinkled salt ’n pepper on him.
“Holy shit! Did you see what happened to Sadam Ali?” screams my boy David Yi with Fight Chronicles, totally in his feelings after witnessing Ali absorb four very disturbing rounds of absolute abuse on May 12.
Munguia's George Foreman V Joe Frazier-like massacre of Ali occured on the same night most of the press were focused on Vasyl Lomachenko and his war with Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden, but certain major executives on Madison Ave confirmed a new box office attraction.
When you're upset over what you don't have, you will waste what you do have. Golden Boy's signing of an autumn chicken Cotto in the spring of 2017 now has clarity– in addition to revealing De La Hoya as an underrated, but true heir apparent to Bob Arum. Cotto might even consider “The Golden Boy” a true friend. Can you imagine a dark Munguia in front of Cotto at the Da Gahden last December instead of Ali? He morphs into a pallbearer at a funeral in Puerto Rico without electricity. In Munguia, De La Hoya sees a fierce rendition of Fernando Vargas with elements of Felix “Tito” Trinidad in texture. Think he wants to sign the probable heir apparent to Canelo in a long line of Mexican icons?
Asked about the scandal that rocked the cinnamon flavored matinee icon, Munguia took the high road on his countryman. “Truthfully, I can't say because every head is a different world so I'll keep quiet on that one,” said Munguia, who plans to put Liam Smith (26-1-1, 14KOs) on blast this Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on HBO World Championship Boxing.