Is Jaime Munguia Better Than Canelo Alvarez at This Stage of Their Career? Comparing Both Mexicans’ Performances Against John Ryder

Published 01/28/2024, 1:42 AM EST

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John Ryder took on two Mexican stars and came out empty-handed from both! A few hours ago, Jaime Munguia defeated Ryder via 9th round TKO at the Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona, following Ryder’s last clash against Canelo Alvarez in May last year. However, with Munguia touted as a potential opponent for Alvarez – how did the two Mexicans fair against the common opponent?

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Canelo last appeared in the ring back in September 2023 against Jermell Charlo, proving his age hasn’t dulled the power behind his punches. Besides winning the fight via unanimous decision, he dropped the super welterweight champion in the seventh round. Meanwhile, Ryder was the latest addition to Munguia’s list of victims. So, here’s how the two Mexicans faired against Ryder!

Canelo Alvarez and Jaime Munguia against John Ryder

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When Canelo took on the Brit back in May, it was a battle of the ages. Canelo had dropped Ryder once in the fifth round and dominated the fight throughout with his jabs and shots to the head! However, Ryder had earned praise from the Mexican crowd present in the Estadio Akron Arena in Zapopan, Mexico. Meanwhile, Munguia did more than just dominate Ryder! Munguia, the undefeated rising Mexican star, dropped Ryder twice. First in the second round and another in the fifth. 

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Munguia demolished Ryder in the fight and ended it in the ninth round of their clash. So, when compared to Munguia, Canelo definitely comes off a little short with regard to the manner of win. Plus, Munguia scored two knockdowns compared to Canelo’s one. Moreover, it was a stoppage victory for Munguia compared to Canelo’s UD win. Meanwhile, Munguia is eyeing a fight against Canelo, as he detailed after the fight tonight.

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Munguia wants to be the world champion at 168 lbs

After his fantastic win over Ryder, the Tijuana resident spoke to a representative from DAZN in the post-fight interview and expressed his desire to take on Canelo Alvarez as the next opponent. When asked about his plans for the future, Munguia said, “We don’t know yet, there’s nothing on the table yet. But we want the best of the best at 168. We are going to be world champions.”

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When the reporter suggested Canelo has all the belts in the 168 division and asked Munguia if he thought he had earned a shot at Canelo, Munguia agreed. “It will be a great fight among Mexicans, Canelo gives us the chance, it will be an honor to be in the same ring as him,” Munguia said. However, only time will tell if that ever happens.

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With Ryder securing a 9th-round stoppage victory over Ryder, it officially puts him on the same level as Canelo, if not above. However, whether a fight between Munguia and Canelo comes out of it is yet to be seen. Do you think Canelo would fight Jaime Munguia?

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Sudeep Sinha

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