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Jaime Munguia vs Maciej Sulecki being discussed for April

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Sulecki unsuccessfully challenged Demetrius Andrade for the WBO middleweight title in 2019.

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Looks like it’s Plan B after all.

Despite what looked like a strong effort to face Gennadiy Golovkin on Cinco de Mayo weekend, former super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia “is progressing towards a deal to face former title challenger Maciej Sulecki in April” according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix. Munguia had previously been linked to an April 24th date if the Golovkin bout fell through, though it’s unclear whether that will stick.

Poland’s Sulecki (29-2, 11 KO) first emerged onto the scene with a 2016 knockout of then-unbeaten Hugo Centeno, then went on to beat former super welterweight champion Jack Culcay. Things have been a little dicier since then; he put forth a strong effort in defeat against Daniel Jacobs, barely survived an unexpectedly game Gabriel Rosado, and got flat-out schooled by Demetrius Andrade in his first bid for gold.

He’s fought just once since that June 2019 defeat, defeating Sasha Yengoyan in his native Poland.

For all my naysaying, though, he’s a solid opponent for Munguia (36-0, 29 KO), who still has a lot to prove at middleweight. The Mexican young gun had to dig deep in his division debut against Tureano Johnson last year, so it’s probably wise to face someone like Sulecki before diving into a title fight.