By Sam Volz: Jaime Munguia weighed in at 165 kilos on Friday for his 12-round catchweight combat in opposition to Jimmy Kelly this Saturday night time, June eleventh on DAZN on the Honda Heart, in Anaheim, California. #8 WBO contender Kelly weighed in at 164 lbs.
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Munguia, #1 WBO, #2 WBA, #2 WBC, and #8 IBF, is taking one other tune-up degree combat that’s anticipated to result in an even bigger one within the close to future.
Kelly is one other straightforward mark for Munguia to combat to maintain him unbeaten document earlier than he will get an even bigger match in opposition to one of many champions.
Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya can be overjoyed at getting Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin to combat Munguia, nevertheless it’s debatable whether or not that can ever occur.
With Munguia’s rating, he’s going to get a title shot quickly, even when it includes his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions making a cross-platform combat in opposition to WBC champion Jermall Charlo.
Munguia is getting his toes moist by preventing at a catchweight at tremendous middleweight to arrange him to make a transfer in 2023 to that weight class.
That’s the place the larger fights are for the 25-year-old Munguia in opposition to Canelo Alvarez, and David Benavidez.
Oscar Duarte 136.4 vs. Mark Bernaldez 135.5
Yokasta Valle 104.6 vs. Lorraine Villalobos 104.8
Evan Sanchez 152.4 vs. Carlos Ortiz 151
“He brings that Mexican fashion, that stress and that solely makes for a very good combat,” mentioned Jimmy Kelly to Fight Hub TV. “It’s going to be a tough 12 rounds. I’ve ready accordingly.”
“He’s clearly making enhancements. He’s a younger man, and his persistence will get higher as he will get older. He’s obtained that youth, and he’s going to be a celebrity however not but. There’s the place I’m going to come back in and upset the apple cart,” mentioned Kelly about his view that he’s going to defeat Munguia.
“I’ve ready for the toughest 36 minutes of my life. Mentally & bodily, that’s in my thoughts. I’ve obtained to come back by the trenches, in order that’s what I’ve obtained in my thoughts.
“I used to be the underdog final time in opposition to Kanat Islam. He was unbeaten and everybody was with him. Everybody was kissing his a**. It’s the identical factor for me.
“I simply concentrate on me. Folks’s opinions on who they favor within the combat, it doesn’t make any distinction to me. I’m simply going to go in there and do my factor and I’m assured I’ll get the win.
“I’m not an enormous title over right here, however I’ve simply crushed a very good fighter in Kanat Islam. You underestimate at your peril. One choose had it as a draw, however I dominated him. It wasn’t even an in depth combat. I’m coming off the expertise of that, and I’m wanting ahead to this subsequent one.