Jaime Munguia admits he didn’t think he won Dennis Hogan fight


Jaime Munguia admits he didn’t think he defeated Dennis Hogan [28(7)-2(0)-1] in Mexico on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old champion conceded that he was expecting the fight to be scored a draw after the final bell of a DAZN-broadcast clash at the Arena Monterrey.

However, only one judge agreed with the WBO light middleweight champion, scoring the clash a 114-114 draw, while two judges saw Munguia winning the fight with scores of 115-113 and 116-112. 

DAZN scored the fight in the Aussie-based Irishman’s favour and their has been outcry on social media with ‘robbery’ shouts coming from all parts of the world.

Mungiua [33(26)-0] admits he himself thought it was close and went for the knockout in the final round just to be sure – and when he didn’t get it he was expecting the fight to be called a draw. 

“Truthfully, as the [twelfth] round was coming to end, I thought it could be a draw,” said Munguia afterwards.

“I decided to come out in the last round and give it my all for the victory, but truthfully it was difficult. I wanted to give the victory to my people.”

‘The Hurricane’s’ movement, timing, and ringcraft really seemed to baffle the champion and massive favourite going into the clash was made to look like a slow and cumbersome monster rather than the destructive beast he was billed as for the most part.

Rather than credit the 34-year-old challenger and his game plan for causing him problems, Munguia, who was fighting at home for the first time since becoming world champion, pointed to roughhouse tactics from Hogan

“He would hit me in the head and then give me a low blow. He would also hold and not let me get in my rhythm,” complained the youngster.

“Either way, we must continue with our preparation. I learned a bit about getting frustrated from this fight and that was one of the problems,” he claimed before bringing up the weight issue.

“I also think I got a little bit tired,” he admitted.

“Trying to make 154lbs is having an effect on me. It could be my last fight at 154lbs, but we have to talk about it with my promoter and we will see what happens.”

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Jonny Stapleton

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