Mexican warrior Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) successfully defended his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title by defeating Japanese contender Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7 KOs) via 12-round unanimous decision at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. After a tough battle, Munguia won with scores of 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109. The action was streamed live on DAZN – which is just $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial.

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It was already known that Munguia having just turned 22 was by no means the finished product. Standing at 6 foot and having great power and stamina Munguia is a nightmare to deal with physically before you get into all of his technical attributes, and from what I have seen of the reaction to this fight it looks like the public are becoming more aware that Munguia maybe isn’t the diamond that people thought he was right now.

That being said for a young fighter perhaps a fight like we had on Saturday will do Munguia the world of good. The fight was played out with Inoue coming forward pressure fighter style and Munguia on the backfoot sometimes on his toes, looping right hands round and throwing one, two, three combinations with a left hook to the body or left uppercut. It is a testament to Munguia’s stamina that he was able to keep up the pace he was setting for himself, moving backwards, and loading up instead of flicking out a jab. Whether he would have changed up the tactics had he fought a Jarrett Hurd is up in the air, but we have to give credit to Inoue who while didn’t deserve the win, was a textbook example of gritting your teeth and walking through the storm.

Scorecards of two 120-108 and 119-109 doesn’t reflect a competitive fight and only adds to the now widespread belief that if you want to get a fair shake against a Mexican fighter you do not go to Texas.

As for looking forward Munguia stated in the post-fight interview that he is looking upwards to 160 lbs and the obvious candidate is Demetrius Andrade who holds the WBO version of the belt at middleweight. Save for Billy Joe Saunders somehow managing to wreck another card by pulling out, which wouldn’t surprise me, Andrade is likely to face Saunders in the near future but Munguia could be down the line for whoever hold the belt, but at 6 foot, with power and a great engine Jamie Munguia is still green but most certainly should not be underestimated.


Undercard Results Can Below:

In the co-main event, Xu Can (16-2, 2 KOs) of Kumming, China became the new WBA Featherweight Champion by defeating Jesus Rojas (26-3-2, 19 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico via unanimous decision in an action-packed battle. Can won with scores of 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112.

“This is my second time coming to the USA to fight,” said Xu Can. “Before I came here, I knew it was going to be a very hard fight. So I got ready for this fight. I did a lot of work for this. So, thank you to everyone. I respect my opponent, Rojas, my friend; he’s very tough. But I knew I can win. I can! I can! I knew I can defeat this fighter. I knew I can defend his punch, even though his punch is very strong, but I had confidence in my defense. I just punched, defend, punched, defend, punched, defend.”


“I don’t feel the decision was correct,” said Jesus Rojas. “I don’t know what to say. I’m surprised. I spoke to Golden Boy Promotions, and I want the rematch. I think we worked well. I used my jab and I want the fight. Of course, I want the rematch.


Vergil Ortiz (12-0, 12 KOs) of Dallas, Texas stopped Jesus Valdez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) of Huatabampo, Mexico via TKO in the fifth round due to a severe cut on Valdez’s left eye in a super lightweight fight originally scheduled for ten rounds.

Munguia vs. Inoue was a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken Promotions. Rojas vs. Can was a 12-round fight for the WBA Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Universal Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and was streamed live on DAZN.


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