It’s looking increasingly likely that Gennadiy Golovkin’s next title defense will see him take on former super welterweight champ Jaime Munguia. Zanfer’s Fernando Beltran told ESPN yesterday that the fight, which is currently in the negotiation stage, was “very possible,” while Oscar De La Hoya calls the talks “promising.”
I’m having promising talks with team GGG for the best fight in boxing. #GGGMunguia2021 both fighters interested and willing. @GGGBoxing @jaimemunguia15— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) December 31, 2020
I’m just going to ignore that “best fight in boxing” bit. Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KO) is past his prime, but Munguia’s (36-0, 29 KO) yet to face anyone even near his caliber.
It’s not a unification of any sort, but there’s a lot to like about this matchup. Even putting aside the fact that Golovkin and Munguia would almost certainly put on a phenomenal show, it’s a win-win for DAZN’s marketing squad; either Golovkin beats Munguia and rekindles interest in a trilogy match with Canelo or Munguia gets a career-best win and sets up a blockbuster all-Mexico showdown with the aforementioned Canelo.
How’s a Cinco de Mayo Canelo-Saunders/Golovkin-Munguia double bill sound?