Jaime Munguia had a big debut on HBO tonight as he crushed Sadam Ali to win the WBO junior middleweight world title. Really this fight was a size and power mismatch, with Munguia visibly bigger and stronger than Ali, and that showed itself early.
Munguia dropped Ali twice in the first round, once in the second, and then once more in the fourth before the referee was forced to step in and wave off the fight. Ali showed some real heart but he was simply outgunned in this fight, and was taking serious damage.
Here are clips of a few of the knockdowns which ultimately forced the stoppage.
In the opening fight Rey Vargas took a unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan by official scores of 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112. It was a fun fight with the shorter Hovhannisyan making a go of it by trying to get inside on Vargas and unload some big shots — which was able to do from time to time — but wasn’t enough to deal with Vargas’ taller frame and better craft. Vargas retained his WBC bantamweight title with the win.