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Jaime Munguia-Spike O’Sullivan “in the works” for January 11th

O’Sullivan has won two straight since falling to David Lemieux last year

Jaime Munguia v Patrick Allotey Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Jaime Munguia might already have an opponent for his planned January 11th return in San Antonio. ESPN reports that “plans are in the works” for the WBO super welterweight champ to take on Irish bruiser Spike O’Sullivan, though it’s still unclear whether the fight will take place at 154 or 160 pounds.

O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KO) has consistently proven a step below the world elite, falling to Billy Joe Saunders, Chris Eubank Jr., and most notably David Lemieux, but he’s a tough bastard with a legitimate punch. He seems like a perfect opponent for Munguia (34-0, 27 KO) at this stage of the latter’s career; the Mexican youngster exploded onto the scene in 2018, but a string of suboptimal performances this year raised questions about his ceiling and overall ability beyond being a veritable goliath of a super welterweight.

O’Sullivan, who’s won a pair of rehab victories since the aforementioned Lemieux disaster, ostensibly has the grit to stand in front of Munguia and trade heat in a fashion few of Munguia’s previous opponents could match. If nothing else, it should be a fun little scrap while it lasts.

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