Back in April, it was expected that Jaime Munguia would roll over mandatory challenger Dennis Hogan. He did not, escaping with a controversial majority decision win at home in Mexico.
Tonight, the touch was an even softer, and the results were better on paper. Munguia (34-0, 27 KO) got off to a bit of a slow start against Patrick Allotey (40-4, 30 KO), but in the third round he overpowered the unheralded Ghanaian challenger, dropping Allotey twice in that frame, before doing so again in the fourth, at which point Allotey’s corner stopped the mismatch.
Munguia, 22, is an entertaining fighter, no question, and comes to fight. But there are still questions about his limitations, and at this point, it seems generally accepted that he’ll have a terrible time with top middleweights, which seems to be where he’s headed next. He didn’t confirm that he’s going up to 160 just yet, but it’s expected sooner than later. He’s very big at 154 and getting older all the time.
And it has to be said that for two rounds, Allotey was in this fight, and then he was just beaten down by a naturally larger man. Allotey came in ranked No. 138 in the world by BoxRec — not the gospel, but a good indication of where he stood coming in. This is a guy who was stopped in two by Patrick Teixeira in 2015.
Munguia is dangerous at 154 against a certain style and level of fighter, and Allotey fit the bill. The goal was to maybe take some of the bad taste out of peoples mouths after the Hogan fight, and maybe they achieved that tonight.
Franchon Crews-Dezurn UD-10 Maricela Cornejo
Didn’t really see the fight, as it ran head-to-head with Pedraza-Zepeda and we’re stretched thin tonight for coverage, but Crews-Dezurn retained the WBC super middleweight title and added the vacant WBO belt on scores of 97-93, 98-92, and 98-92.
Romero Duno RTD-7 Ivan Delgado
Duno’s name has been in the news a fair bit the last couple days, as when Avery Sparrow was arrested on Friday, Golden Boy offered Duno to Ryan Garcia as the new co-feature for this show, since Duno was at the same weight, ready to go, and Delgado had missed weight by four pounds, so whatever if he loses his spot, to be honest. Golden Boy and Garcia have framed it in dramatically different ways, but bottom line is Garcia did not take the fight.
So Duno (21-1, 16 KO) did what he always does, he went out and fought hard. He’s a limited fighter, but he’s great TV, he fights his ass off every time out. Garcia, frankly, should be able to beat him if and when they fight, and that’s what Duno wants, wearing a shirt calling Garcia out post-fight. It’s possible we’ll see that Nov. 2 on the Canelo-Kovalev card.
“I know Ryan Garcia wants to fight a tough boxer,” Duno said. “
Rafael Gramajo RTD-4 Daniel Olea
This fight got put together on just a few days notice. Gramajo (11-2-2, 3 KO) put the pressure on, and Olea (13-9-2, 5 KO) wilted in the 90 degree heat, giving it up after four rounds.
Alejandro Reyes KO-2 Jorge Padron
This was the pro debut for Reyes, a 20-year-old lightweight from Los Angeles, and he made good, drilling Padron (3-5, 3 KO) with a hard body shot in the second round. Padron’s reaction was a bit delayed, but he went down and there was no getting up. It was perfectly placed.
Joselito Velazquez TKO-4 Francisco Bonilla
Bonilla (6-7-3, 3 KO) was a gritty dude who came to fight, but Velazquez (11-0, 9 KO) is the real deal. The 25-year-old flyweight won gold at the Pan American Games in 2011 and 2015 as a light flyweight, and fought at Rio 2016, where he lost to eventual gold medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov in the second round. Velazquez is trained by Freddie Roach, has really good hand speed and power, and while he had a tougher time than expected in his last fight (a split decision win in Mexico on June 22), he’s got world-level potential. Bonilla, who was down in the second and fourth rounds, complained a bit about the stoppage, but it was fair enough.
Diego Pacheco TKO-3 Terry Fernandez
If you’ve watched DAZN regularly, you’ve probably seen Pacheco, the 18-year-old, 6’4” super middleweight prospect. He rolled again here, improving to 6-0 (5 KO) with a one-sided rout of Fernandez (3-1, 3 KO), who came in undefeated but against three nobodies in Tijuana. It’s not that Pacheco’s record is really any better — he’s fought nobody, too — but Pacheco is an 18-year-old with a power promoter and high-end training camps and what have you, while Fernandez is a 29-year-old guy just trying to make it. The difference in, like, actual ability was very clear, very fast. Fernandez was tough and did the best he could, he was just way out of his league here. Referee stopped it mercifully in the third, Fernandez was just getting tagged by someone who couldn’t do anything against, so it was the right call.