VIDEO: Jaime Munguia Tearing Opponent Tureano Johnson’s Lip Proves How Dangerous He Is

Published 11/12/2021, 5:59 PM EST


After winning the WBO super welterweight title against Sadam Ali in 2018, Jaime Munguia went on to make six consecutive title defenses against the likes of Patrick Allotey and Liam Smith. At 154, nobody could come close to matching the skills of this fighter from Mexico.

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So, in 2020, he decided to move up a class.

At 160, Jaime Munguia first faced Tureano Johnson (21-2-0). Not a lot of people expected an undefeated and young 25-year-old with 35 straight wins to be as good at 160.

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So, of course, he had a point to prove that night and that is exactly what he did. Right from the get-go, Johnson put immense pressure on his opponent by fighting from inside the pocket and relying heavily on clinching.

There was even a point when it started to feel like Tureano’s method of working the body and landing shots from inside the pocket was actually effective.

However, apart from just being young, Jaime Munguia is a smart pugilist. He knew exactly what to do to counter Johnson’s approach – uppercuts.

He doubled down on his uppercuts as and when Johnson tried to step into the pocket or clinch. The Bahamas native clearly had loopholes in his game as he failed to adapt to the sting of Munguia’s sharp uppercuts.

Before Johnson could even develop a counter-approach, Munguia peaked in round 6 and caused a nasty cut between Johnson’s upper lip with a mean uppercut. This ended the fight and the champ from Mexico had become 36-0-0 by way of RTD.

Jaime Munguia – The next Canelo Alvarez?

In June 2021, former WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Mora spoke at length about the true potential of Jaime Munguia. He revealed that after dominating super-welterweight, he is now looking to claim the middleweight throne.

Mora believes that with fighters like Canelo fighting at super-middleweight, he could easily become a champion at 160. He feels Jermall Charlo, Ryoto Murata, and Demetrius Andrade are easy fights for Munguia.

He was a champion already, at 154. He’s trying to become a two-division champion, so yes I think he is ready. Especially now that Canelo [Alvarez], Daniel Jacobs, and BJ Saunders are campaigning at 168.

Not to say at 160 there’s not killers, you’ve got Jermall Charlo, you’ve got [Ryoto] Murata, you‘ve got Demetrius Andrade. All these people are avoided in their own way. 

He can compete with any of them, he has the size, he has the experience, he takes a big punch. We’ve seen it at middleweight, three straight knockouts. I think he can not only compete but he can beat one of these guys on a good day,” said Sergio Mora.

Sergio Mora also believes Munguia is destined to become as big, if not bigger, than Canelo Alvarez.

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You see how popular he is, how much better he’s getting with his new trainer Eric Morales. He’s just becoming an attraction.

“You do that slowly, and when he gets to his 40, 41st fight, that’s when Canelo started fighting in the States. This is how Mexicans become popular in the states – no rush,” Mora added.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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