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Boxing News: Canelo Alvarez Reportedly Close to Finalizing Undisputed Clash Against Jaime Munguia

Published 03/01/2024, 7:50 PM EST

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It’s an all-Mexican affair. Canelo Alvarez has finally made a breakthrough in negotiations, and a clearer picture has appeared for his Cinco de Mayo showdown. Jaime Munguia has edged other names to bag a fight with the super middleweight champion for a May 4 clash. The talks have intensified as the clock is ticking.

The rat race for the slot of super middleweight champion’s opponent had names popping up and exiting the rumors. However, nothing concrete followed. With the PBC not able to make a favorable fight for Alvarez, a disagreement over the purse and the question of David Benavidez ensured the relationship broke beyond repair. While a hard-hitting Edgar Berlanga also joined the conversation, it never gained steam. Ultimately, it’s Alvarez’s 27-year-old compatriot who won the race to his signature with almost 8 weeks left in the fight.

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Michael Benson turned to his X handle and broke the news first reported by ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez. He wrote, “Canelo Alvarez vs Jaime Munguia is reportedly now close to being agreed for Canelo’s undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO super-middleweight world titles on May 4th in Las Vegas. [According to@ChavaESPN]”

After screening the likes of Jermall Charlo, Munguia appeared to be a reasonable choice for the Mexican champion. Not only did the PBC hesitate to shell out $35 million for the Charlo fight, but it also failed to generate a buzz among fans. Meanwhile, Munguia’s popularity is hitting its peak with boxing fans.

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His recent KO win against John Ryder, who went the distance with Alvarez last year, tipped the scales in his favor. Notably, it’ll be the first time two Mexicans square off against each other for the undisputed crown at 168. Interestingly, the previous reports had suggested that Alvarez, 33, wanted Berlanga as his Cinco de Mayo opponent, with Munguia taking the September slot. But it was DAZN, whose preferred choice was Munguia.

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All this chaos over a fight with Alvarez has left the fans confused, especially David Benavidez, who has decided to move up and challenge for the title despite being the WBC interim champion for almost 2 years. But it seems the dust has finally settled.

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What do you make of this probable fight between Jaime Munguia and Canelo Alvarez? Who do you think will come out victorious? Let us know in the comments below.

Also Read: Will Canelo Alvarez Return to Matchroom Boxing After Rumored PBC Split? Fans Share Their Opinions: “Golden Goose Back”

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Rohit Lohan is a senior Boxing analyst and writer for EssentiallySports. With over 1000 articles to his credit, Rohit’s expertise has extended beyond mere reporting, with a keen focus on statistical analysis and accurate fight predictions that have garnered significant praise. Noteworthy coverages include Amanda Serrano's bold act of vacating her title in defiance of the WBC, and the creation of a highlight digest encapsulating the best fights of 2023.
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