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Liam Williams calls out Jaime Munguia for spring fight

The British middleweight champ would like an all-action matchup with the young Mexican.

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Welsh middleweight warrior Liam Williams has called out Jaime Munguia for a possible spring fight, saying on social media that he wants to take the “0” of the Mexican star.

“Jaime Munguia is a real fighter, a throwback, and so am I!” Williams wrote on Instagram. “Let’s get it done and give the fans a real fight. This ain’t going no 12 for sure! I want that ‘0’!”

Williams (22-2-1, 17 KO) is 27 and the current British champ at 160 pounds, and clearly he wants to move up to that world stage spotlight. He lost a pair of very close fights to Liam Smith at 154 pounds in 2017, but has since moved up and been very effective at middleweight, stopping Mark Heffron, Joe Mullender, Karim Achour, and most recently Alantez Fox.

Williams dominated Fox in a WBO eliminator on Dec. 21, scoring a fifth round stoppage. Munguia (35-0, 28 KO) is the former junior middleweight titleholder for the WBO, whose middleweight belt is currently held by Demetrius Andrade.

The 23-year-old Munguia, trained for his last two fights by Erik Morales after a controversial close call with Dennis Hogan last year, moved up to 160 for his most recent fight, a Jan. 11 win over Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan.

The week after Munguia’s win over O’Sullivan, he replaced Williams in our middleweight rankings, taking the No. 10 slot. But I said then, too, that that’s a debate I’d love to see settled in the ring. It really does have all the makings of an absolute war. Williams is promoted by Frank Warren and Munguia by Golden Boy, so there would be a few hoops to jump through, probably, but it’s not impossible that we could see this happen, and I’d say it’s one worth rooting to see. This would be an incredibly fan-friendly matchup.

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