In what’s become a noticeable trend among boxing’s major figures, Zanfer’s Fernando Beltran turned to Facebook Live for a chat with ESPN about one of their young stars, former WBO super middleweight champ Jaime Munguia.
According to Beltran, 23-year-old Munguia (35-0, 28 KO) would take a fight with Canelo the moment it was offered, citing the old cliche that “to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best;” he’d previously received such an offer last year, only for Alvarez to instead face Sergey Kovalev. Beltran himself says he “doesn’t think he’d have many problems” making the fight, as Munguia is co-promoted by Zanfer and Golden Boy.
The more interesting news, for my money, is that Munguia had a “tentative” plan to face WBO #3 Kanat Islam (27-0, 21 KO) as Canelo’s co-feature. Islam, who also owns a win over Patrick Allotey, moved up from 154 to 160 last year after two years on the sidelines, respectively winning and defending a WBO trinket against Julio De Jesus and Walter Kautondokwa. This fight would almost certainly grant the winner next crack at the winner of middleweight champ Demetrius Andrade vs. mandatory challenger Liam Williams.