Jaime Munguia talks GGG fight ahead of Dennis Hogan title defence

Jaime Munguia [32(26)-0] claims Dennis Hogan and his April 13th world title defence are all that are on his mind at present, but has been talking about moving to middleweight and fighting Gennady Golovkin in the build up to the fight this Saturday night.

In fairness to the Mexican, he was just answering questions fired his way but Team Hogan will argue it adds weight to the arguments he is over looking the Kildare man and struggling to make light middleweight.

WBO light middleweight world champ Munguia was part of the GGG conversation alongside the likes of Spike O’Sullivan when the Kazakh’s initial rematch date with Canelo Alvarez was postponed due to the Mexican’s drug ban.

The fight never materialized, but circumstances have transpired to make it a possible future fight. Both fighters are now working with DAZN and it could be the perfect eliminator style clash for a massive Canelo dust up.

Munguia will, of course, have to defeat a very confident Hogan [28(7)-1(0)-1] this weekend for that fight to take place anytime soon and he claims he is focused on the job at hand.

The Monster admitted that “we would be interested in that fight with GGG now that he is on DAZN. The truth is it would be a good fight for us and for the people.”

“One year ago it couldn’t happen, but now obviously it’s a possibility, and if a year ago I felt ready, now I feel even more ready. So, with pleasure we would accept the fight, but right now I’m focused on the fight that I have on April 13th, but after that with pleasure we would take this fight,” added the 22-year-old before predicting he would have defeated the decorated star if they had have met last May.

“I can say that I have the mentality of going forward and always feeling that I will get my hand raised in victory, so I feel I would have won, but nobody really knows what would have happened.”

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The majority of the talk in a pre-arranged press call was about what was next and Munguia’s trainer Robert Alcazar was happy to discuss future options rather than the upcoming clash with the Brisbane-based Irishman.

The coach outlined how “there are plans. There are plans to have the [GGG] fight, but first we have to go through this fight. But there are future fights. It will be one of those future fights.”

“Of course you would like to have the biggest fights out there, and if GGG is the next fight, then it’s the next fight. But my part is to have Munguia ready so that when the promoter calls and asks him to fight somebody that he is ready to take on any challenge that the promoter decides is best for him.”


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Jonny Stapleton

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