Tomorrow night one of boxing’s rising stars, Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26KOs) will be taking on Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30KOs) in Carson, California. The 22-year-old Munguia will be looking to make another defense of his WBO Light Middleweight title before his inevitable move up to the middleweight division.
Munguia burst onto the boxing scene last year when he knocked out Sadam Ali (27-3, 14KOs) in four rounds to capture the WBO title and kept the momentum going with a win over Liam Smith (28-2-1, 16KOs). After a quick knockout of Brandon Cook (20-2, 13KOs), it seemed that Munguia was on the fast route to superstardom. 2019 has been a different story however. Munguia took on undefeated Takeshi Inoue (14-1-1, 8KOs) in January in what was supposed to be a showcase fight. Instead, it turned out to be one of the best fights of the year so far as Inoue pushed Munguia further than anyone had up to that point. Weaknesses in Munguia’s toolbox were exposed but he still won by a unanimous decision.
He returned home to Mexico in April to take on Denis Hogan (28-2-1, 7KOs) in what was supposed to be a “home coming” fight for him. Hogan had completely different plans as he boxed and peppered Munguia throughout the majority of the fight. Munguia looked far from the destroyer he had seemed in 2018 and was extremely fortunate to escape with a majority decision. He will look to return to his 2018 form when he takes on Allotey this Saturday.
As far as Patrick Allotey goes, this will be only his second fight on U.S soil as the majority of his fights have taken place in his native country of Ghana. When looking at his record it is easy to scratch your head and wonder how exactly he is getting a shot at the WBO middleweight world championship. But you have to remember Golden Boy, Munguia’s promotional team, probably wants to give him an easy fight to get him back on track. Based on how Munguia’s last two “easy” fights have gone, you have to give Allotey a shot. Will he get it done? Unlikely, but this is boxing where anyone has at least a puncher’s chance. Will we see the return of destroyer Munguia, the continuation of lack-lustre Munguia, or will Allotey become boxing’s new breakout star? We will find out tonight.
Prediction: Jaime Munguia by Unanimous Decision.