If it seems like Jaime Mungia (29-0, 25 KO’s) just fought mere weeks ago, it’s because he has. Barely two months removed, he violently relieved 2008 U.S. Olympian, Sadam Ali, of duties and obligations as World Boxing Organization Super Welterweight champion, by way of 4th round TKO. This Saturday, July 21st, Mungia makes the first defense of that title against mandatory challenger, Liam “Beefy” Smith (26-1-1, 14 KO’s). They will clash on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” live from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
From Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the 21-year-old Mungia was born into a Boxing family; his father fought professionally, with a record of 2-13. Jaime trained virtually from birth, competed from the age of 10 and turned pro himself at the age of 16. Talk about busy, Mungia’s fought 18 times since 2016 and stopped 19 of his last 20 foes, a sleep inducing left hook being at the scene of most of those proverbial crimes. Mungia also has a lethal right cross and attacks the body like he’s hungry and might not eat again for several days.
Ironically, Mungia was a late replacement for Smith, who suffered a skin infection and had to withdraw from his title shot against Ali, on May 12th. Smith’s famine became Mungia’s feast and the sport may be witnessing the dawn of the next Mexican superstar, as a result. In another twist of fate, not only has Smith worn the WBO belt Mungia now possesses, he lost it to the incumbent Mexican superstar, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Smith acquitted himself admirably but was felled and counted out by a body shot in the 9th.
Prevailing wisdom says Mungia’s youth, activity, aggression, pressure, momentum and the fact he’s a big ass 154-pounder will all prove to be too much for Smith. It’s more than likely Smith succumbs to body punishment yet again, only this time even earlier than was the case vs. Canelo.