Jaime Munguia really and truly does seem to be progressing as he works under the watchful eye of all time great Erik Morales. The humble middleweight from Mexico showed poise, good punch selection, improved ring generalship and head movement in handling Kamil Szeremeta on Saturday in Texas, atop a Golden Boy Promotions card.
Munguia, fighting on DAZN, used body work to immense effect, and his pounding of Szeremeta in round six forced the hand of Team Szeremeta. The corner pulled the plug after the sixth, giving the Mexican pugilist his 37th win, and some buzz. Fight fans are now wanting to see Munguia stepped up, and wonder how he'd perform against Gennadiy Golovkin, who was in with Szeremeta last year.
Here is the release sent out by Golden Boy after the matches finished:
EL PASO, TEXAS (June 19, 2021): Jaime Munguia (37-0, 30 KOs) successfully defended his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship with a technical knockout victory against Kamil Szeremeta (21-2, 5 KOs) at The University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center and live on DAZN. After receiving several rounds of punishment, Szeremeta’s corner called a stop to the fight after the sixth round.
“I was surprised at his ability to take punishment,” said Jaime Munguia. “He has all my respect because he could take a lot of punishment. I was really trying to work my offense in this fight and try different things. Then I began to pressure him and change the distance at which I fought. Hopefully, I can fight for a world title at the end of this year. If not, I would like to fight Gabriel Rosado.”
In the co-main event, “King” Gabriel Rosado (26-13-1, 14 KOs; doing that damage below) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania scored a one-punch knockout victory against Uzbek standout Bektemir Melikuziev (7-1, 6 KOs). After suffering a knockdown, Rosado landed a fight-finishing right hand at 1:21 of the third round.
“I knew I would have to dig deep,” said Gabriel Rosado. “I had more experience than he, but he's very strong and throws heavy shots. I was trying to time him, but he caught me with the body shot. He didn't drop me, but I took a knee to recover. And then I got the win.”
Marlen Esparza (10-1, 1 KO) of Houston Texas captured the WBC Flyweight Championship by defeating Ibeth Zamora (32-7, 12 KOs) of Huichochitlan, Mexico via unanimous decision. Esparza won with scores of 92-97, 94-95 and 94-96.
Welterweight Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada scored the most impressive victory of his career by stopping Brad “King” Solomon (29-4, 9 KOs) of Douglasville, Georgia. Cobbs ended matters at 2:57 of the fifth round.
Results from the Facebook Watch undercard:
Raul “Cougar” Curiel (10-0, 8 KOs) of Tampico, Mexico scored a ninth-round technical knockout victory against Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (14-2, 10 KOs) of North Hollywood, California in a welterweight battle. Curiel ended the fight by landing a barrage of punches that forced the referee to call the action at 2:10 of the aforementioned round.
Alexis “Lex” Rocha (17-1, 10 KOs) of Santa Ana, California returned with a knockout victory at 2:12 of the second round against Jameson Bacon (26-5, 17 KOs) of Manadaue City, Phillipines in a welterweight battle.
Demetrius Banks (10-11-1, 5 KOs) of Detroit, Michigan scored an upset unanimous decision win against Tristan Kalkreuth (8-1, 6 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas in a six-round cruiserweight fight. Banks won with scores of 54-60, 55-59 and 54-60.
Manny Flores (10-0, 7 KOs) of Coachella, California scored a knockout win against Daniel Lozano (15-11-1, 11 KOs) of Bowling Green, Florida. The action was halted at 1:15 of the first round.
Jousce Gonzalez (11-0-1, 10 KOs) of Glendora, California scored a third-round TKO victory against Gabriel Gutierrez (7-9, 5 KOs) of El Paso, Texas in a scheduled six-round welterweight fight. The fight was stopped 1:43 of the third round.