Jaime Munguia shows growth and beats Gabriel Rosado over 12 rounds

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In a fight designed to give the fans a war between Jaime Munguia (38-0 30Kos) and veteran Gabriel Rosado (26-14-1 15kos). The fight delivered on the aspect of a great fight, but what many didn’t expect was the improvement from Munguia. Social media was questioning how serious Munguia was with the fight as he showed up to the arena about an hour later than expected. The late arrival did not affect his performance. The Mexican fighter came out and showed a few new niches that showed the work with Erik Morales has done wonders for him.

Munguia won by scorecards of (118-110,119-109,117-111) and even though the scorecards were wide the fight was competitive. Rosado always shows hearts and may have been a little surprised at the improvements in Munguia’s game. Munguia was using more feints than he has before and more head movement. He is still a work in progress with certain aspect, but he has come along nicely. The action was good from the outset as Munguia’s high output seemed to have Rosado a little perplexed as Munguia jumped to on my card a three to zero lead. Round for brought some back-and-forth action from both as Rosado was letting Munguia know he was going to be there all night.

All action between Jaime Munguia and Gabriel Rosado

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Jaime Munguia, in red corner gloves, fights Kamil Szeremeta. Munguia retained his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship after Szeremeta is unable to answer the 7th round at the Don Haskins Center on June 19, 2021 in El Paso, Texas. Boxing El Paso1460

The action picked up in the middle rounds as both fighters landed thudding blows and had the crowd at fever pitch. With both fighters refusing to wilt it was a good question to wonder who would drop first. Rosado landed some solid shots, but Munguia again showed some new wrinkles as he lifted his shoulder to help deflect some punches. He also showed the ability to roll with some of the punches as he was again able to take some sting out of them. It was an impressive display as many had grown accustomed to Munguia just taking flush shots and not being able to avoid them, well this time it wasn’t the case.

Jaime Munguia’s win by the numbers

The numbers at the end of the fight seemed to really show why the scorecards were wide even if you saw it as close. Munguia landed a total of 328 punches, 70 jabs, 70 to the body and 258 total power shots. Rosado landed 154 total, 14 body, 31 jabs and 123 power. Respectable numbers for Rosado, but it showed the clear victory for Munguia. There have been numerous times throughout Munguia’s career where he seems to waste punches or just wing shots and, in this fight, he was more economical and showed better control. His 48% connect percentage on power shots help show that fact. 

Next up

When the scorecards were read it was clear Munguia was the winner, and the crowd knew it. Munguia stated after the fight about what he wants going forward, “We’re waiting on a world title shot or an elimination shot in the coming year. I’m ready for either one.” He also repeated his desire for a Gennady Golovkin fight saying, “A fight with Golovkin would be very good. The Public would love that one. I’d love it.” Whatever the plan for Munguia is his handlers should feel better about his progress and where he could go next year. Will he beat a Charlo or Andrade? We don’t know, but with this performance he may have narrowed the line a bit.

Undercard results

Asa Stevens started the card with a bang as he picked up a first round stoppage. Jorge Chavez followed up with a 3rd round stoppage in his bout.  Alejandro Reyes picked up a second-round stoppage victory. The main event of the undercard action saw Arely Mucino and Jacky Calvo gave the early arriving crown a solid scrap. In a good back and forth action bout Mucino was awarded a split decision victory with scores of (96-93×2 and 96-93 for Calvo). Calvo landed a thunderous left hand at the end of the 9th that send Mucino down. Mucino survived and was awarded the close win. William Zepeda returned to action and remained undefeated with a 4th round stoppage against John Moralde. D’mitrius Ballard and Paul Valenzuela delivered a forgettable bout that was awarded to Ballard. Alexis Rocha sent his fans into a frenzy with a 9th round stoppage of tough Colombian Jeovanis Barraza.