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Sadam Ali to face Jaime Munguia on May 12

Munguia didn’t get GGG, but he’s still getting a world title fight in May.

Boxing: Cotto vs Ali Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With Liam Smith out of his May 12 crack at Sadam Ali and the WBO junior middleweight title due to a skin condition that prevented him from training, top prospect Jaime Munguia is stepping in for what really might be a sleeper fight now on the schedule.

Munguia (28-0, 24 KO) popped up in headlines recently when he agreed to replace Canelo Alvarez on May 5 against Gennady Golovkin, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to sanction that bout, citing Munguia’s lack of experience against better competition.

But make no mistake: he’s a terrific prospect, a 21-year-old Mexican fighter with some solid wins for his age, and this fight against Ali (26-1, 14 KO) could be a breakout for him. Ali will be favored by most, I suspect, because he’s got more U.S. exposure and he’s coming off of a win over Miguel Cotto, but if nothing else, Munguia is a talented, live dog in this matchup. Given the lack of time to find a replacement for Smith, you have to commend Golden Boy for getting a risky opponent for Ali, at least on paper.

What do you see happening here? Ali retains or do we get a new top name at 154?

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